Cadet - Selection Process
As part of the selection process, you’ll be put through a series of checks and evaluations. 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
- Police Entrance Evaluation
- Physical Performance Evaluation
Stage 2 Assessments
- Panel interview
- Review Panel outcome
Stage 3 Assessments
- Final Health/Medical Assessment
- Vision Requirements
- Identifying Particulars - Fingerprints and DNA (18 years and above)
- Full Background and Integrity Check
Progression to Stage 3 Assessments does not guarantee placement in the selection pool.
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 (apart from the Physical Performance Evaluation), progression to Stage 2 is achieved.
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.
Police Entrance Evaluation (PEE)
The PEE is made up of three assessments and 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.
Test 2 - Abstract Reasoning
This assessment tests your ability to analyse information 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.
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, contact the WA Police Physical Training Unit on +61 (08)9301 9859.
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.
You will be invited to attend a panel interview which will assess your suitability for the role as a Cadet. 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 understanding the requirements and responsibilities of a Cadet role. The position description can be found here.
- 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:
- 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 wear and consider your grooming.
- Whilst interviews can be daunting you should try your best to be confident so that you can provide as much information about yourself. Throughout the interview communicate clearly, have good eye contact and use positive 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 open and honest in your answers. Be yourself. The panel is not expecting perfection.
All applicants applying for a Cadet position will be assessed at the end of the process holistically using all the information collected during the recruitment process. Competitive applications will proceed to Stage 3 Assessments.
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
Stage 3 is the final stage in the recruitment process. Applicants who progress to this stage will receive an individual information pack providing information on each of the following requirements.
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 Cadet.
Applicants with prior medical history may be required to provide additional contemporary information to support their Final Health/Medical Assessment.
All applicants are required to have their vision assessed. You will receive a form to be completed by an optometrist. 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 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 future school.
Applicants who are unsuccessful at Stage 3 will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable).