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Recruit Training

The Saskatchewan Police College trains police officers who have already been hired by a Saskatchewan police service. The municipal police services hiring procedures are in compliance with The Municipal Police Recruiting Regulations, 1991.

Hiring procedures require that recruits have successfully completed the following:

  • an application for police employment
  • a criminal record check
  • an educational examination
  • a written test of mental ability
  • a personal history form
  • a preliminary interview
  • a polygraph test
  • a formal interview by senior officials
  • one or more medical examinations
  • the Police Officer's Physical Ability Test (POPAT)

Once hired and sworn in by a Saskatchewan municipal police service or another approved law enforcement agency, the candidate attends the Saskatchewan Police College for the 20-week recruit training program. This program is designed to help the candidate develop the knowledge, skills and abilities required for successful performance of general policing duties.

The core competencies include the following:

  • effective communication
  • professionalism, ethics and integrity
  • problem-solving
  • investigative knowledge and skills
  • risk assessment and management
  • wellness

The program is divided into four building blocks that reflect a scaled acquisition of knowledge and skills:

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to Investigations
  • Crisis Intervention and De-escalation
  • High-risk Investigations and Tactical Responses

Problem-solving and scenario training are woven throughout the program in order to allow recruits the opportunity to demonstrate their learning.

Preparing for Police College

The 20-week recruit training program is a physically and mentally demanding course. Candidates should arrive in top physical condition that includes both cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Arriving in less than top condition puts a candidate at a distinct disadvantage and increases the risk of injury during training.

Candidates should be able to:

  • run outdoors continuously for 30 minutes
  • run 5 kilometres in less than 30 minutes
  • perform repetitions of push-ups and sit-ups with proper form
  • perform body weight exercises such as pull-ups and dips

To prepare for college, candidates should practice the following exercises:

You can also refer to the Exercise Guide for written instructions on how to perform each exercise.

Police Officer's Physical Ability Test (POPAT)

Applicants must pass the Police Officer's Physical Ability Test (POPAT) prior to being hired by a municipal agency. The test must be completed within 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Recruits run the POPAT twice during college and must complete it within 4 minutes and 15 seconds to graduate. 

To learn more, watch the instructional POPAT video; as well as one that depicts the POPAT being run in actual time.