Police Auxiliary Officer (Protective Service Officer) - Selection Process

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Making sure you fit the bill

At WA Police Force, we have thorough processes in place to ensure we recruit the highest quality candidates.

As part of the selection process, you’ll be put through a series of checks and evaluations to make sure you fit the bill. These checks and evaluations are undertaken in three stages with applicants required to meet each stage before approval to progress to the next stage:

Stage 1 Assessments

  • Integrity Check
  • Tattoo Review
  • Police Entrance Evaluation
  • Initial Psychological Evaluation
  • Physical Performance Evaluation
  • Vision Requirements

Learn more about Stage 1 Assessments

Stage 2 Assessments

  • Panel interview which includes further psychological assessment
  • Review Panel outcome

Learn more about Stage 2 Assessments

Stage 3 Assessments

  • Final Health/Medical Assessment
  • Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA
  • Full Background and Integrity Check

Progression to Stage 3 Assessments does not guarantee placement in the selection pool.

Learn more about Stage 3 Assessments


Applicants will be advised if unsuccessful at any stage of the process. Individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants is unfortunately not provided.

Learn More About Stage 1

For Stage 1 Assessments, applicants are required to meet each assessment individually before progression to the next assessment. Where an applicant completes all Stage 1 requirements progression to Stage 2 is achieved.

Integrity Check

Once your application form and all relevant supporting documents are received, a check will be conducted to identify any criminal offences and/or traffic infringements you may have. The assessment will take into consideration the nature of the offence, the frequency and recency of the occurrence and your age at the time of the offence.

Whilst some applicants will not necessarily be excluded from proceeding to the next recruitment assessment, WA Police need to ensure that people of the highest integrity are employed. For this reason, some convictions may result in an applicant being deemed unsuitable for progression.

Tattoo Review

If you are progressed from the initial integrity checks, a review of any tattoos that may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt including those located on the neck, face or hands will be undertaken. Applicants are required to provide colour photographs of their tattoos whilst wearing a collared short sleeve shirt when submitting their application. 

Tattoo standards are contained within the Western Australia Police Force Commissioner’s Uniform and Appearance Manual and consideration of tattoos is given in regard to whether they are in a prohibited location, prohibited form or detract from a professional appearance. If your tattoos do not meet the required standard, Police Recruiting are unable to provide any advice in relation to proposed modification or removal and how this may impact on future selection. For further information on Tattoo standards please click here.

Police Entrance Evaluation (PEE)

The PEE is made up of three assessments designed to assess your ability to cope with the academic content of police training and the demands of the job role. The PEE focuses on literacy, comprehension and communication skills, practical intelligence and problem solving ability.

  • Test 1 - Verbal Reasoning

    The verbal reasoning assessment tests your ability to think, reason and solve problems in different ways using language. It aims to examine your ability to think constructively, rather than assessing only simple fluency or vocabulary.

  • Test 2 - Abstract Reasoning

    This assessment tests your ability to analyse information, learn and assimilate new concepts, and apply knowledge to solve problems. The questions involve identifying patterns and similarities between shapes, figures and diagrams presented in visual form.

  • Test 3 - Audio and Audio/Visual

    Applicants listen to an audio clip and watch and listen to an audio/visual clip and are required to provide written answers to a series of questions. The assessment may relate to a verbal statement, news article or a visual clip of an incident.

You won't be able to study anything specific for this test, however, you can take the following positive actions to help you perform your best on the day:

  • Consider practicing crosswords, reading or comprehending written information, especially if you don't complete these tasks on a daily basis.
  • Get a good night's rest the night before your test.
  • Make a list of essential items to bring with you, such as glasses or watch, if needed.
  • Use the internet to search for practice questions of Verbal and Abstract Reasoning.
  • If you find yourself getting nervous during the test, take one or two deep, calming breaths.

Download examples of the PEE.

Applicants who do not pass the PEE are eligible to reapply 6 months from the date of the evaluation.

Initial Psychological Evaluation

The psychological tests are assessments and evaluations of you - everything from your personality, psychological state and background risks. It is very important that you respond to the psychological tests honestly. The tests are designed to identify applicants who impression manage and this will result in an invalid assessment result.

Applicants who do not meet the initial psychological requirements are eligible to reapply 12 months from the date of the evaluation.

Physical Performance Evaluation (PPE)

To join the WA Police, you are required to have a reasonable level of fitness. During this evaluation, you will be required to perform:

  • A Shuttle run test (beep test)
  • An agility test
  • An abdominal strength rating (sit-up)
  • Upper body strength and endurance tests (push ups and bag lift)
  • A grip strength test

Download detailed information on the PPE or download a recommended training schedule. You can also view video clips that demonstrate what will be required when carrying out your PPE. Should you require assistance in preparing for the PPE, contact the WA Police Physical Training Unit on +61 (08)9301 9520.

It is important you can meet the PPE requirements upon application. As this is a campaign, applicants will be provided with two attempts at the PPE.

Vision Requirements

You are required to have a minimum uncorrected visual acuity of 6/30 in each eye. Outside this range, an assessment of your circumstances will be conducted on a case-by-case basis. However, as a minimum you must be able to meet the corrected visual acuity standard of 6/6 binocularly or 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other when wearing soft contact lenses.

A report from a qualified person will be required detailing your vision history, current treatment and future prognosis. This must include your history of duration of wear and tolerance of soft contact lenses over a 10 hour period and expected future tolerance to wearing soft contact lenses on an ongoing basis. You must bring this report with you when you are invited to attend the Police Entrance Evaluation (PEE). WA Police will send you a form that you need for this report.

Learn More About Stage 2

For applicants that proceed to Stage 2 of the selection process, a panel interview is held after which a holistic assessment is made by a Review Panel and a decision reached regarding progression to Stage 3.

Panel Interview

You will be invited to attend a panel interview which will assess your suitability for the role of a Police Auxiliary Officer (Protective Service Officer). Whilst you will not be able to study anything specific for your interview, you can take some positive steps to help you perform your best on the day:

  • Ensure that you have prepared yourself by researching the requirements and responsibilities of a Police Auxiliary Officer (Protective Service Officer) job role.
  • Consider and identify specific examples from your own life and work experiences that might best demonstrate your suitability in meeting the requirements of the job role.
  • Read and consider all available information on the Step Forward website, including the essential criteria you will be assessed against throughout the recruitment and selection process, together with an understanding of the four core values of the Western Australia Police Force:

Selection Criteria

    • Analytical, Comprehension and Problem Solving Skills
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    • Team Work
    • Adaptability and Judgement
    • Personal Drive and Integrity

Core Values

    • Duty
    • Teamwork
    • Integrity
    • Care

On the day of your interview:

  • Be punctual and ensure you attend at the correct location.
  • Dress appropriately in smart business attire, and consider your grooming.
  • Whilst interviews can be daunting you should try your best to be confident, composed and professional. Throughout the interview be aware of your communication, eye contact and body language.
  • Listen to the questions carefully and give thought to your answers. Every response you give is a chance to allow the panel to consider your suitability. If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Be clear and concise in your communication. Answer questions fully but don't elaborate unnecessarily. Try to keep to the point.
  • Be open and honest in your answers. Be yourself. The panel is not expecting perfection.

Review Panel

All applicants applying for a Police Auxiliary Officer (Protective Service Officer) position are required to meet assessment criteria for the role. Recruitment assessments are comprehensive and take into consideration prior work performance, integrity factors to include traffic and criminal history, psychological suitability, physical ability and assessment against essential criteria relevant to the job role. For applicants that proceed through the selection process to Review Panel, they are assessed holistically using all information collected during the recruitment process. This enables the Review Panel to make an overall determination in regard to the suitability of each applicant.

Applicants that are not considered suitable for progression to Stage 3 Assessments will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable). If you are given a reapply date, we encourage you to reapply.

Learn More About Stage 3

Final Health/Medical Assessment

Following the completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Assessments, you will be required to undertake a Final Health/Medical Assessment. This examination is designed to ensure your fitness and health are of a high standard and that there is no reason why you would be unable to carry out all the duties required as a Police Auxiliary Officer (Protective Service Officer).

Applicants with prior medical history may be required to provide additional contemporary information to support their Final Health/Medical Assessment.

Other Checks

A number of other checks will be conducted during Stage 3 including:

  • Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA (not applicable to applicants under 18 years of age)
  • Full Background and Integrity Check

Applicants who successfully meet the requirements of Stage 3 will be placed in a selection pool to await selection to a Police Auxiliary Officer school. The next school is scheduled for mid 2018. Please note that applicants from the selection pool are not placed in a school on a first in first out basis. Police Recruiting ensures that schools have a mix of male and female and applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

Applicants who are unsuccessful at Stage 3 will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable).