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Question Without Notice No. 1066 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 December 2021 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 1 December 2021

POLICE — RECRUITMENT

1066. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the recruitment and graduation of new police officers.

(1) In 2020 and 2021, has there been any alteration to the criteria used for —

(a) selection into entry to the Western Australia Police Academy; and

(b) graduation?

(2) If yes, what changes have been made?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police. The Western Australia Police Force advises as follows.

(1) (a) Yes.

(b) No.

(2) On 27 October 2021, the assistant commissioner for professional development made changes to recruitment assessments for applicants applying to join the Western Australia Police Force to align with national standards. This includes that alternative proof of academic ability is now accepted in lieu of applicants sitting the verbal reasoning component of the police entrance evaluation. Applicants who are unable to provide evidence will sit the full police entrance evaluation. The beep test required levels are now 7.01 for males of all ages and 6.01 for females of all ages. The agility test times are now 20 seconds for males and 22 seconds for females.