Recruit - Selection Process
Make 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:
Stage 1 Assessments
- Integrity Check
- Tattoo Review
- Police Entrance Evaluation (applicants who have undertaken the Police Entrance Evaluation in the previous 3 years will have their results reviewed following the Integrity Check and may not be required to undertake this assessment. Applicants who are not required to undertake the Police Entrance Evaluation will be notified via email and invited to attend the Initial Psychological Evaluation).
- Initial Psychological Evaluation
- Physical Performance Evaluation (applicants who do not meet the required standard on the first occasion will be permitted further attempts during the selection process)
Stage 2 Assessments
- Panel interview which includes further psychological assessment
- Review Panel outcome
Stage 3 Assessments
- Final Health/Medical Assessment
- Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA
- Bankruptcy Check
- Full Background and Integrity Check
- Vision Requirements
Applicants should not consider that they have suitably met all requirements if advancing from one stage to the next. Consideration of suitability is holistic and may occur at any point in the recruitment and selection process. Confirmation of appointment only occurs when selected from the pool and provided with an offer of appointment.
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
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 Force 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.
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.
Applicants who have obtained a Year 12 Certificate of Education in Australia, with English at a minimum Grade C will be exempt from the Verbal Reasoning component of the Police Entrance Evaluation. If this applies to you, please provide with your application form both your Certificate of Education and your statement of results which confirms you have achieved a minimum Grade C in Year 12 English. You will still be required to undertake the Abstract Reasoning and Audio/Audio Visual components of the assessment. If you do not have a Year 12 Certificate of Education in Australia, with English at a minimum Grade C, alternative education qualifications or documents will not be accepted. You will be required to undertake all components of the Police Entrance Evaluation.
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.
Applicants who are not progressed from the PEE are eligible to reapply 6 months from the date of the evaluation. Applicants will only be permitted to participate in the PEE on three occasions in total within a five year period.
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 are not progressed for further consideration from the initial psychological evaluation are eligible to reapply 12 months from the date of the evaluation.
Physical Performance Evaluation (PPE)
To join the WA Police Force, 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, download the Fit Force App or contact the WA Police Physical Training Unit on +61 (08) 9301 9800.
Applicants will be given multiple attempts to pass the physical performance evaluation.
Learn More About Stage 2
For applicants that are progressed 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.
You will be invited to attend a panel interview which will assess your suitability for the role of a Police 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 Officer. You may also wish to take the opportunity to speak to Police Officers about their role.
- Consider and identify specific examples from your own life and work experiences that might best demonstrate your suitability in meeting the requirements and responsibilities of front line policing.
- Read and consider all available information on the Let's Join Forces 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:
- Analytical, Comprehension and Problem Solving Skills
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Team Work
- Adaptability and Judgement
- Personal Drive and Integrity
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.
All applicants applying for a Police 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 progression of an applicant to Stage 3.
Applicants that are not progressed 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 Officer.
Applicants with prior medical history may be required to provide additional contemporary information to support their Final Health/Medical Assessment.
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. WA Police will send you a form that you need for this report.
A number of other checks will be conducted during Stage 3 including:
- Full Background and Integrity Check
- Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA
- Bankruptcy Check
- Covid-19 Vaccination Status
Once applicants have completed these requirements consideration is given to placement in the selection pool. Placement in the selection pool does not guarantee an offer of employment. Those placed in the selection pool will be required to meet certain pre-qualification requirements (e.g. confirmation of physical ability) prior to selection to a recruit school. Please note that applicants from the selection pool are not placed in a recruit school on a first in first out basis. Police Recruiting ensures that schools have a mix of male and female and recruits of all ages and backgrounds.
Applicants who are not progressed will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable).