The requirements for becoming a police officer in Australia differ depending on your location. There are the typical requirements that you would expect in many other job interviews, but to become a police officer, you also have to be physically fit enough to be able to carry out the duties of the job.
Think of intense situations where police officers have to be able to perform under periods of strenuous physical exertion. Below you'll find the physical fitness requirements for becoming an officer in each Australian state or territory.
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) does its physical skills testing at the Queensland Police Service Academy at four different stages. They also call these 'gates'.
Once you have passed the vetting process of the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force, you will then be required to do their physical capacity testing. The tests will simulate events a police officer usually deals with on duty. You can attempt the full test twice with all elements. The test includes a handgrip strength test, a prone bridge test, a vertical jump test, a push-up test, an Illinois agility test, and a multi-stage fitness test, also called beep test.
The Victoria Police require healthy levels of both strength and cardiovascular fitness if you'd like to join them. Aside from the initial testing needed upon entry, there will be regular and ongoing repeat tests while employed, so it makes sense to stick to a regular fitness regime to stay in shape. Not only for the tests of course, the job itself has got physical demands you'd want to be able to meet.
There are 7 components to the assessment.
The Tasmania Police Academy Physical Fitness Testing is run by Healthy Business. Certain measurements and assessments must be completed to pass and become an officer.
A Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment is part of the extensive recruitment process for the Northern Territory Police. The aim of the assessment is to determine whether you are fit to become a police officer.
The test consists of an obstacle course that must be completed under 2 minutes and 40 seconds while wearing a 10-kg weighted vest. You'll have one attempt on the day to achieve that. You will have to complete seven different tasks in the course, which are the following:
At the start you'll receive 5 characteristics of a suspect, you will have to be able to repeat back 3 of those as the lat task of the course.
Applicants must be able to complete a Police Physical Evaluation (PPE). The tasks in the evaluation include a shuttle run test, abdominal strength test involving sit-ups, a hand-grip strength test, an upper body strength and endurance test involving push-ups and a bag lift, as well as an agility test. You will be given 3 attempts to complete the evaluation successfully, and if you fail all 3 attempts, you will be forced to wait 12 months before attempting it again. Here's a quick run-down of the requirements, check out the full documentation for detailed info.
South Australia Police requires applicants to complete the 'fit for duty' fitness test. You will wear a 10-kg weighted vest and complete a series of actions for time. The test will assess your endurance, strength and speed so make sure you train for it properly.
You will be required to perform the following tasks:
Before starting the test, you will be given five types of physical characteristics to remember (e.g. hair colour, height, etc.) and will be asked to repeat at least three of them once you complete all of the tasks. The test needs to be completed in under two minutes and thirty seconds.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing is considered the community arm of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). To complete the required fitness tests, you must obtain an AFP medical certificate beforehand. The Entry Physical Competency Assessment is required to evaluate what applicants are capable of. The tests include three exercises: the beep test, push-ups, and phased sit-ups.
All applicants have to pass each part of the test successfully in one attempt.
As you can see there are many different elements to training for the different State Police Services. If you need help getting to the required standard then we have a 2 Week Trial on offer to see if we are the right fit for you.
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