Police officers perform varied duties, and on occasion, are expected to intervene in physical confrontations or resolve conflict situations. For example, it may be necessary to take control of physically violent suspects. This involves moving quickly to the site of the problem, resolving it (physically, if necessary), and then removing the offender(s) from the area. This can be tough work. The Winnipeg Police Service Physical Abilities Test (WPS-PAT) is designed to that you can demonstrate that you have the minimum ability to perform the physical duties associated with this occupation.
The following is a description of the physical abilities test applicants will be required to perform during the Police Constable Recruitment process. The test is based on the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) with several modifications to the original protocol. These changes were implemented on January 1, 2008.
The WPS-PAT Orientation is an in depth description and overview of the WPS-PAT. Participants will have an opportunity to view the course components and familiarize themselves with various stations. The orientation session includes a "walk through" of the test after which the participants are divided into small groups and a chance to try each station. Consultants will provide safety and exercise tips to each individual. The session will take approximately 1hr 30min. Participants should wear exercise attire and runners.
Participants will not be allowed to run a full course, but will be given approximate lap times for maximum of three - four laps. Certificates will not be provided.
WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (WPS-PAT)
Police Officers perform varied duties, and on occasion, are expected to intervene in physical confrontations or resolve conflict situations. For example, it may be necessary to take control of physically violent suspects. This involves moving quickly to the site of the problem, resolving it physically if necessary, and then removing the offender(s) from the area. This can be tough work. The WPS-PAT is designed to have you demonstrate that you have the minimum ability to perform the physical duties associated with this occupation by assessing your ability to:
The test is conducted in a gymnasium with the participant attired in clothing appropriate for physical activity and supportive footwear with good grip. It consists of running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six lap course including climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles, followed by pushing and pulling 80 lbs of resistance and finishing with lifting and carrying 80 lbs a distance of 50 feet. Most test participants will experience a maximum heart rate during the test. The WPS-PAT will place a brief but maximal stress on your cardiovascular system. It will also stress your anaerobic, muscular strength and endurance fitness. The test is designed to encourage you to work at your maximum physical abilities. If you have concern over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test.
The test will be described and demonstrated to you before your performance. Further, you will be given time to practice the test items so that you will know your capabilities and have the confidence to complete the test should you choose to continue.
If you have concerns over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test or sign up for the Strength and Conditioning (Law Enforcement) Camp. Those interested in taking the training program would have access to basic weight lifting equipment (i.e. benches, barbells, dumbbells, and major pulley systems), however, the applicants are assumed to have basic knowledge of resistance training/weight training technique. If this is not the case, it is strongly advised that you consult the University of Manitoba Recreation Services office for training facilities and personal training services, as proper technique is essential for preventing injuries and benefiting from any program. Please keep in mind that at the beginning of any physical activity program, there are physical adaptations that occur to the body and therefore, mild pain or discomfort in the muscles is completely normal for the first week to 10 days. If the pain and/or discomfort persist, consult your physician.