FAQs › Assessments
What assessments am I required to complete?
- Recruit - Entrance evaluation, physical assessment, psychological assessment, panel interview.
- Return to the WA Police Force - Physical assessment, psychological assessment, panel interview.
- Transitional - Entrance Evaluation, physical assessment, psychological assessment, panel interview.
- Police Auxiliary Officer - Custody Support - Entrance evaluation, physical assessment, psychological assessment, panel interview.
- Police Auxiliary Officer - Property Management - Not currently recruiting– Shortlisting, panel interview.
- Aboriginal Cadet - Entrance Evaluation, physical assessment, panel interview.
- Cadet - Entrance evaluation, physical assessment, panel interview.
How often are assessments held?
Assessments are held on an on-going basis at the WA Police Academy located in Joondalup, Western Australia.
What is involved in the physical assessment?
It assesses the capacity of the applicant to undertake Academy training.
Recruit, Return to WA Police and Transitional applicants must complete a:
- sit-up (assesses your ability to perform other exercises)
- shuttle run (beep test)
- agility test
- push ups
- hand grip strength test
- bag lift and carry
Police Auxiliary Officer - Custody Support and Cadet must complete a:
- shuttle run
- agility test
- push ups
- bag lift and carry
Applicants are encouraged to ensure that they are fit enough to complete the physical evaluation at the time of submitting an application.
Is there accommodation provided while I’m training at the Police Academy?
No. You must provide your own accommodation.
What training is provided at the Police Academy?
There is different training for each entry pathway into the WA Police Academy:
- Recruit - 28-week training course: you will be trained to a standard of excellence in one of the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. The course is physically and mentally demanding and designed to prepare you for life as a Police Officer
- Return to WA Police - An assessment will be undertaken by the WA Police Academy upon receipt of your application to determine your eligibility for recognition of prior service. Generally, officers who are eligible to reengage with the WA Police Force and have been out of the agency for less than 2 years, will be placed direct to district if successful in the recruitment process. Successful applicants will receive rank recognition to a maximum of Senior Constable. Officers who have been out of the WA Police Force for 2 to 5 years will be required to undertake a Transitional Course at the WA Police Academy prior to being posted to a policing district. Successful applicants will received rank recognition to a maximum of Senior Constable. Officers who have been out of the WA Police Force for 5+ years will be required to undertake a full Recruit Course prior to being posted to a policing district. Successful applicants are not eligible for recognition of prior service in relation to rank or salary and will complete a 28 week recruit training course.
- Transitional - 13 week training course.
- Police Auxiliary Officer - Custody Support - 12 week training course (or 8 weeks for regional applicants) consisting of two main components - a custody module that addresses all aspects of handling people in custody and a module that focuses on station based duties (including the receiving, management and transfer of firearms, property, exhibits and drugs; processing of summons and restraining orders; emergency management support; audit requirements, bail procedures and information security, mental health and cultural diversity).
- Police Auxiliary Officer - Property Management, Not currently recruiting – Comprehensive on the job training is provided.
- Cadet - 3-week course at the WA Police Academy: the course will introduce you to police policies, procedures and computer systems, which will equip you to undertake your role as a cadet in a policing environment.
Are applicants subject to drug testing?
Yes. Police Recruiting are committed to ensuring employees of Western Australia Police are drug free and undertake drug screening of applicants seeking to work as a Police Officer or Police Auxiliary Officer in two ways:
a) A selection of applicants are chosen at random throughout the recruitment process to undertake testing for illicit substances through hair drug screening.
b) In addition, all applicants that progress to the stage of Final Health Assessment (P58) are tested for illicit substances through urinalysis drug screening.
For further information please download Hair Drug Testing Frequently Asked Questions.