Prepare for PARE

What is the PARE?

The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is an occupational test used to assess a person's ability to perform the physical demands of police work by simulating a critical incident of chasing, controlling, and apprehending a suspect. It requires you to be in good physical shape. You need to have a fit cardiovascular system as well as good muscular strength and endurance. Cadets will be required to complete the PARE within the first two weeks at Depot. Cadets arriving at Depot in less than good physical condition not only start their training at a disadvantage, but also increase their risk of injury and/or termination of training.

The evaluation consists of three stations. At the start of the Cadet Training Program, Cadets must complete the first two stations in 4 minutes and 45 seconds or less. At the conclusion of the Cadet Training Program, Cadets must complete the first two stations in 4 minutes or less. Failure to meet PARE times may lead to termination from the Cadet Training Program.

  • Station 1 - Obstacle Course
    This simulates proceeding to the scene of a problem or occurrence.
  • Station 2 - Push/Pull
    This simulates having to physically solve a problem or occurrence.
  • Station 3 - Weight Carry
    This simulates having to remove an object or a person from the scene.

How do I prepare for the PARE?

To prepare for the PARE your training should include both cardiovascular and strength training. These types of training can be done in combination or separately. You are encouraged to be prepared prior to applying and you should be physically active for at least 4 to 6 weeks; including:

  • 3 to 5 cardiovascular training sessions per week, and
  • 2 to 3 resistance training sessions per week

PARE preparation workshops and personalized training programs may be available in your area. Please review our upcoming events or contact your local recruiter for more information.

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