Transitional Officer - Selection Process

Ensuring you fit our Team

At WA Police Force, we have thorough processes in place to ensure we recruit the highest quality police officers. As part of the selection process, you’ll be put through a series of checks and evaluations to make sure you fit our team. These checks and evaluations are undertaken in three stages:

Stage 1 Assessments

  • Integrity Check
  • Tattoo Review
  • Police Entrance 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)

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
  • Bankruptcy Check
  • Full Background and Integrity Check

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.

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

Integrity Check

We are pretty sure you will pass stage 1, but like we said,  we will double check! We will review any criminal offences and/or traffic infringements and 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.

I’m sure you would agree with us, we only want people with the highest integrity to be in our team.

If you have done something you shouldn’t have, you could be  deemed unsuitable for progression.

Tattoo Review

Got a tat? We know most people do these days… however, we still need to see it please to ensure if its within our Uniform and Appearance Guidelines.  When submitting your application, please provide a colour photograph of your tattoo while wearing a collared short sleeve shirt.

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.

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)

No doubt you still have a reasonable level of fitness, however we will need to review your fitness standards.  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

To download detailed information on the PPE, click here. If you feel like you could do with some help to be on top of your game, we can help, You can  download a training schedule, click here.  

Or download our Fit Force App to help you be the best you can be. There is some delicious meals in there too!



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

Well done, you’ve made it to Stage 2! During this stage,  a panel interview will be arranged with and following that a  Review Panel will review your whole application.

Panel Interview

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 policing in Western Australia.
  • Consider and identify specific examples from your work experiences that might best demonstrate your capability to undertake a front line policing role.
  • Read and consider all available information on the Let's Join Forces website, including the essential criteria you will be assessed against:
    • Analytical, Comprehension and Problem Solving Skills
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    • Team Work
    • Adaptability & 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.

Review Panel

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.


Following your panel interview, a Review Panel will convene and take into consideration prior work performance from your current jurisdiction, integrity factors to include traffic and criminal history, psychological suitability, physical ability and assessment against essential criteria relevant to policing in Western Australia.

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

At the final stage, you will be required to complete a final health and 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 work as a police officer in Western Australia.

Other Checks

A number of other checks will be conducted at this point, including:

  • Full Background and Integrity Check
  • Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA
  • Bankruptcy Check


Once you have completed these requirements consideration is given to placement in a selection pool. Placement in the selection pool does not guarantee an offer of employment . If you are  placed in the selection pool you will be required to meet certain pre-qualification requirements (e.g. confirmation of physical ability) prior to selection to a school. Please note that applicants from the selection pool are not placed in a recruit school on a first in first out basis. We like to ensure 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).