The Recruitment Process
We understand you have already been through a rigorous application process when you first became a Police Officer, however we just need to undergo some checks to ensure you are the right fit for our team.
Once you begin your application, we'll guide you through the process step-by-step. Our friendly police recruitment team are on hand to answer your questions or have a confidential chat.
It takes 6-8 weeks for your application to be processed.
There are a few steps to get through to join the WA Police Force. We will consider your prior service and ranks but still have some mandatory checks and assessments.
When we receive your application form, we will undertake an Integrity Check to identify any criminal offences and/or traffic infringements that you have previously incurred.
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.
Internal clearances and references from various business units including health and safety, personnel services and professional standards will also be requested for officers seeking to return to the WA Police Force.
Whilst some applicants will not necessarily be excluded from proceeding to the next recruitment assessment, the WA Police Force need to ensure that people of the highest integrity are employed. For this reason, some convictions may result in an applicant being deemed unsuitable for progression.
If you progress from the initial Integrity Checks, a review of any tattoos that may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt including those located on the neck, face or hands will be undertaken.
Applicants are required to provide colour photographs of their tattoos whilst wearing a collared short sleeve shirt when submitting their application.
Tattoo standards are contained within the WA Police Force Commissioner’s Uniform and Appearance Manual and consideration of tattoos is given in regard to whether they are:
If your tattoos do not meet the required standard, Police Recruiting are unable to provide any advice in relation to proposed modification or removal and how this may impact future selection. For further information on tattoo standards, please visit our FAQs or contact us.
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.
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:
Should you require assistance in preparing for the PPE, contact the WA Police Physical Training Unit on (08) 9301 9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Physical Performance Evaluation Fact Sheet and Recommended Training Fact Sheet.
If you are successful in Stage 1 you will be invited for 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:
On the day of your interview:
For advice on how to prepare for your interview, read the factsheet.
All applicants applying for a Police Officer position are required to meet the assessment criteria for the role. Recruitment assessments are comprehensive and take into consideration prior work performance, integrity factors including traffic and criminal history, psychological suitability, physical ability and assessment against essential criteria relevant to the job role.
Applicants that proceed through the selection process to the review panel are assessed holistically using all information collected during the recruitment process. This enables the review panel to determine progression to Stage 3.
Applicants that are not progressed to Stage 3 assessments will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable). If you are given a reapplication date, we encourage you to reapply.
Following the completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments, you will be required to undertake 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 carry out all the duties required as a police officer.
Applicants with prior medical history may be required to provide additional contemporary information to support their final health and medical assessment.
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. The WA Police Force will send you a form that you need for this report.
A number of other checks will be conducted during Stage 3 including:
Once applicants have completed these requirements consideration is given to place in the selection pool. Placement in the selection pool does not guarantee an offer of employment. Those placed in the selection pool will be required to meet certain pre-qualification requirements (e.g. confirmation of physical ability) prior to selection to a recruit school. Please note that applicants from the selection pool are not placed in a recruit school on a first in first out basis. Police recruiting ensures that schools have a mix of recruits across gender, age and background.
Applicants who are not progressed will be given an individual reapplication date (if applicable).
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