What is the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police Constable (PREP)?
The PREP helps to ensure that you have the physical abilities to take on the duties of a police officer. The PREP consists of a health-related questionnaire and a two-part physical skills and abilities test (Pursuit Restraint and Aerobic Shuttle Run). You must pass the screening criteria on the health questionnaire to proceed to the physical abilities tests. You then must successfully complete both the Pursuit Restraint Circuit and the Aerobic Shuttle Run to achieve a pass.
· Health Questionnaire: You must submit a completed PAR-Q & You/PARmed-X questionnaire, which identifies any personal health risks associated with strenuous exercise. As well, you will be required to complete and sign a PREP Participant Consent Form. Your blood pressure will be measured when you arrive for testing. Applicants over 40 years of age must complete the PARmed-X form with their family physicians before the test date. Note: these forms must be submitted with your Registration package.
· Pursuit Restraint Circuit: This requires you to complete, as quickly as possible, a 25-metre circuit four times (total distance = 100 metres) while wearing a four-kilogram soft weight belt. You will be asked to climb a set of stairs during each rotation. You will also need to scale a 1.2-metre fence in the second and fourth rotation. After completing the circuit, you will be asked to push and pull on the “body control” simulator, perform two “arm restraint” simulations, and drag a 68-kilogram rescue dummy for a distance of 15 metres.
· Aerobic Shuttle Run: You will be required to run back and forth over a 20-metre course in time with tape recorded signals. The time to cover the 20- metre course is shortened progressively until you are unable to maintain the pace.
How long is the PREP good for?
The PREP is valid for six months and must be up-to-date throughout the application process.
When can I re-test the PREP?
Where a successful result is about to expire, you may repeat it within 2 months prior to the expiry date, or anytime thereafter. If you were unsuccessful in this test, you must wait three months before you can take the test again.
How can I prepare for the PREP?
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Where can I get more information on PREP?
For more information regarding the PREP test, contact ATS at 1-800-429-7728 or visit this website.