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CJOB Reporter Gets First Hand Look at "What It Takes" To Become a Police Officer

Pretty hard to accuse CJOB reporter Keith McCullough of “lazy reporting” after hearing and watching his feature story on “what it takes” to become a police officer in Winnipeg.

The reporter stopped by the Winnipeg Police Training Academy October 9 and was put through the paces of the Winnipeg Police Physical Abilities Test (WPS-PAT) test by our own Fitness Instructor Hilton Wood. Anyone applying to become an officer must complete the test in four minutes and 15 seconds before advancing in the hiring process.

Take a look at Keith’s experience:

You can also read and see the CJOB story here.

The Winnipeg Police Service has been using the current WPS-PAT format since 2007. For those who may be interested, the fastest time recorded is 2:40. The fastest time recrorded by a female is 3:04/

Thank you to the team at CJOB for taking up this challenge and sharing this story with the community!

The Importance of the WPS-PAT

The WPS-PAT is just one step in the application procedure for becoming a police officer – but a very important one.
At times Police Officers are both expected and required to use appropriate physical force on an individual in order to resolve a physical confrontation or prevent physical harm to themselves or a member of the public. The WPS-PAT is designed to test and assess an applicant's minimum physical ability to:

  • Attend to a problem quickly.
  • Deal with the problem physically.
  • Remove the problem.

The WPS-PAT test is conducted in a gymnasium with the applicant wearing clothing appropriate for physical activity. The test consists of:

  • Running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six lap course. This includes climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles.
  • Following the six laps the applicant moves to the push/pull station where they will pull and push against 80 lbs of resistance while moving in a controlled half circle. Two controlled falls to the chest (roll over to the front and stand) are completed after each group of three pulls or three pushes. This sequence is repeated twice.
  • Following the push/pull station the applicant completes the test by lifting and carrying 80 lbs a distance of 50 feet.
  • The WPS-PAT test must be completed within 4 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • Applicants must produce an Original Certificate of the WPS-PAT as provided by the contractor for the Winnipeg Police Service.

Interested in learning more about career opportunities with this Winnipeg Police Service? Investigate you option by visiting our recruiting website!

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