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.
POPAT protocol and concept were developed by Douglas W. Farenholtz, MSc. and Dr. E.C. Rhodes in cooperation with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia.
Further information on WPS-PAT is available from the Winnipeg Police Service at www.winnipeg.ca/police/ or by contacting the recruiting line at 204-986-4654.
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.
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:
Before the test administrator can proceed with the assessment, your resting heart rate and blood pressure will be taken. This is to ensure that your heart rate is not equal to or above 100 beats per minute and your blood pressure is not equal to or above 150/100 mm Hg. These national standards have been set as a safety precaution. If you are equal to or above these levels, you will be asked to see your physician again to get additional permission to proceed with the test.
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.
To pass the WPS-PAT, the participant must perform all activities within the defined protocol and complete the timed portion within 4 minutes and 15 seconds and then lift and carry the 80 lb torso bag a distance of 50 ft.
If you have concerns over your ability to perform hard work then you should not perform the test or call us about booking an appointment with a personal trainer.
All assessments take place in the Frank Kennedy Centre (building #48) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.