Your Selection Specialist will make contact to book you in for your Physical Appraisal Test (PAT).
You'll need to pass a PAT at least twice during the recruitment process:
- Initial PAT
- Final PAT (8-12 weeks before arriving at Police College)
To get prepared for your PAT:
- Watch this video.
- Follow the guidance below for details on the PAT standards and how to train.
- Download the PAT Matrix Quick Reference Guide for a one page guide about how the PAT is scored.
Once you're at Police College you'll work toward and have to pass a Physical Competency Test (PCT). You will also receive training on how to work safely and confidently in and around water. Although completing the PCT or any swimming assessment is not part of the recruitment process, we've included information below to help you prepare for training at Police College.
During your PAT you’ll be tested on four basic elements:
- Vertical Jump
- Grip Strength
You'll receive a number of points for each component of the test, based on your specific performance. You'll need to achieve a total of at least 11 points across all the tests with at least one point on each of the four tests.
How fit you need to be for the PAT
You’ll need to know your Physical Body Mass (PBM) which you can calculate here. PBM is used to determine the physical mass you impart on the ground, which will determine how many points you can achieve during the 2.4km run. PBM uses the same formula as the Body Mass Index (BMI), but is not being used here as a measure of health. If necessary, we'll let you know about programmes to aid weight reduction and increase health and fitness levels.
First, some very important health and safety information:
- If you are injured or ill, do not train. Seek professional medical advice if in doubt.
- Always warm up and down when exercising.
- Food, hydration, and outdoor weather protection must be part of your training routine.
- Train with a friend where possible, for both enjoyment and safety.
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