POPAT:
PHYSICAL TESTING

It is important that applicants are in excellent physical shape. The POPAT will put applicants through a series of physical tests/obstacles that mimic on-the-job physical demands. 

There are two opportunities to run the POPAT  each year – one in the spring/early summer for the fall class intake and a second in late fall/early winter for the spring class intake.

 

Applicants are required to run the POPAT successfully twice prior to attending Police College – once in the initial recruitment process and a second time 30 days prior to college.

 

The course must be completed in less than 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less. This time is a minimum requirement and those who attend Police College must run the POPAT again in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds in order to graduate. Therefore, we recommend training to the 4 minutes and 15 second time standard.

 

It is important to start training as soon as possible for the POPAT.

How to Prepare?

  • At least 6 months prior, train to run 5 to 8 km, continuously for 30 to 45 minutes. This should include intervals, hills and speed work.
  • Functional Strength Training: core strength, push-ups, squats, lunges and plyometrics
  • Weight Training: Major Upper and Lower Body muscle groups.
  • Understand the POPAT LAYOUT
  • Candidates will be provided 30 to 45 minutes to practice on the day of the test.

COMPONENT 1: AGILITY RUN

On-Job Application: Responding to the Call

  • Run a total distance of 400m
  • 6 ft. mat jumps
  • Stair climbs
  • Quick direction changes
  • Hurdle low obstacles

COMPONENT 2: PULL/PUSH STATION

On-Job Application: Gaining Control/Apprehending a Suspect

  • 80 lb. weighted push and pull

COMPONENT 2: PULL/PUSH STATION

On-Job Application: Gaining Control/Apprehending a Suspect

  • 80 lb. weighted push and pull

COMPONENT 3: VAULT STATION

On-Job Application:  Gaining Control/Apprehending a Suspect

  • Modified squat thrust and stand with rail vault
The timed portion of this test is complete. The heart rate is taken and recorded.

COMPONENT 4: WEIGHT CARRY

On-Job Application: Gaining Control/Apprehending a Suspect

  • Must be performed within 30 seconds of the recording of the heart rate.

  • Pick up and carry a 100 lb. bag for 50 ft.

  • You will not pass the test if you drop the bag.

COMPONENT 4: WEIGHT CARRY

On-Job Application: Gaining Control/Apprehending a Suspect

  • Must be performed within 30 seconds of the recording of the heart rate.

  • Pick up and carry a 100 lb. bag for 50 ft.

  • You will not pass the test if you drop the bag.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO RUN THE POPAT: 

  • Successful completion of the SIGMA entrance exam
  • A $70.00 fee, payable to the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre by cash or personal cheque on the date of the POPAT
  • Written medical clearance from your physician prior to testing

Connect with us:

Sgt. Colin Hegi

Recruiting Officer

306 777 6659
[email protected]

Cst. Dale McArthur

Indigenous Recruitment Liaison

306 777 8603
[email protected]

INSP. LAUREL MARSHALL

Community Services Division

306 777 8670
[email protected]