To meet the essential physical activities of operational policing, recruits must demonstrate a reasonable degree of fitness to perform duties involving periods of intense and strenuous physical exertion.
Applicants must achieve satisfactory competency in the physical skills components of recruit training and will undergo fitness testing at four stages, or 'gates', while at the academy:
- Gate One - 90 second Prone Bridge (on your elbows); 10 push ups; Beep Test
- Gate Two - Urban Environmental Simulator (obstacle course)
- Gate Three - Beep Test; Urban Environmental Simulator
- Gate Four - 90 second Prone Bridge (elbows); 10 push ups; Beep Test; Dummy drag
Prone Bridge Test
The Prone Bridge Test (or "plank") measures the endurance of abdominal muscles. Applicants will start facing the ground in a push-up position with their feet together, hands shoulder width apart, palms facing down and elbows on the ground. The applicant then pushes up to the prone bridge position on their hands and toes ensuring a straight line through the shoulders, hips and knees (i.e. a straight flat back).
Push Up Test
The Push-up Test assesses an applicant’s upper body strength and endurance. Applicants must demonstrate a standard push-up technique from the toes, with the hands shoulder width apart, the legs straight and feet no wider than hip distance apart. The body to be kept straight from shoulders through to the hips and heels throughout the test. Only one attempt will be allowed for this assessment.
Physical Competency Test (Beep Test) View Beep Test
The Beep Test, or shuttle run, is designed to test your aerobic fitness. The run is performed on a non-slip surface between two markers placed 20 metres apart. You are required to run between the markers in time with an audio track. Beginning at Level 1, you must progress through each level and the set number of laps to the minimum level required for your age and gender.
Hang Test View Hang Test
For the Hang Test, you are required to perform a three second static over-hand hang from a chin-up bar with your arms at right angles (90 degrees) or less. You may be assisted to position yourself, but must be unassisted throughout the three seconds. While this may not seem a long time, it is important that operational police officers are able to support their own weight, for example, to exit a high window and position themselves to drop to the ground below.
Body Drag View the Body Drag
Police are often the first on the scene of an emergency and may be required to risk their own lives to save others. This test ensures you are able to help someone who cannot help themselves out of a dangerous situation, and are equipped with the proper techniques and strategies to prevent you being hurt or caught in the situation.
Obstacle Course View Obstacle Course
As a General Duties police officer, you will be required to pursue offenders or attend incidents that will involve a range of environments in a variety of terrains under all sorts of weather conditions.
The Urban Environment Simulator (or obstacle course) comprises a series of 13 obstacles that are designed to replicate the urban environment. The course will test all elements of your fitness – your strength, agility and stamina – for this type of police work by putting a series of obstructions in your way.
The recruit assessment requires a 200 metre run, negotiating 22 obstacles (nine of the 13 obstacles are tackled twice) and another 200 metre run at the end. Your skills will be tested by jumping over walls, running up ramps, balancing on the beam, squeezing through window spaces, negotiating a variety of fences, scaling huge pipes, and taking large steps up and down the climbing wall – all within a required time.
As a police officer, you may not perform these physical activities each and every day, but it is critical that you have the ability and capability to meet these challenges when the time comes.
Swim View Swim
The public expects that police officers will be able to help someone in trouble in the water. Your swimming ability will be tested as an applicant during APSAD, however, if you do not successfully complete the untimed, fully-clothed, 100 metre swim during APSAD, you will be required to meet this standard before graduating as a Constable from the academy.
Accoutrements View Firearm Training
All General Duties police officers in Queensland carry a range of accoutrements to help them in their job. These accoutrements include a notebook and pen, a firearm with a spare magazine, a baton, oleoresin capsicum spray, handcuffs, a radio, a torch, and possibly a Taser.
With these 'tools of the trade' comes great responsibility, so at the academy you will be trained in the correct use and management of these accoutrements, which includes the carrying, discharging, holstering, storing and maintenance of your firearm.
Driver Training View Driver Training
Police officers are expected to respond to an infinite number and variety of events and incidents, which will often require a police vehicle to be used. The QPS employs a diverse range of vehicles to meet its policing responsibilities across the state. The diversity of the fleet ranges from large 6 and 8 cylinder cars, to small diesel vehicles, four wheel drives, a variety of commercial type vans, and even trucks.
Police need to be competent in the handling and operation of these vehicles, because they never know when they will be required to respond urgently and the type of vehicle available to them at the time.
While at the academy, recruits undergo driver training that exposes them to the range of vehicles and driving conditions to which they will be exposed as General Duties police officers. The conditions include wet and dry driving on a range of surfaces and in different conditions and circumstances, such as highway driving and manoeuvring through a series of tight corners, reversing and emergency stops, as well as safely entering and exiting a vehicle when responding to an emergency incident.