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PARE - Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (Workshop/Practice/Protocols)

What Is The PARE?

The RCMP Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is an occupational test used to assess a person’s ability to perform the physical demands of police work, namely: running, jumping, climbing stairs, vaulting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. The types of duties police officers experience routinely involve gaining and maintaining physical control over suspects; intervening in family disputes; and participating in search and rescue operations. All of these duties involve the activities listed above. It is also likely that police officers will encounter some form of resistance on a regular basis and that they will deal with males seven times out of ten. PARE was developed by exercise scientists and is based on extensive research, including a thorough job analysis. It is directly linked to Police Work and Police Training.

If you decide to attempt the complete PARE you must submit a completed PAR-Q questionnaire, which identifies any personal health risks associated with strenuous exercise (7 questions).  As well, you will be required to complete and sign a PARE Participant Consent Form.  Your blood pressure will be measured when your request to attempt the complete PARE.  Participants over 45 years of age must complete the PARmed-X form with their family physician before being given the opportunity to do the complete PARE workshop practice.  

Note: These forms are available on this site under Forms.  Please print a copy and bring them with you to your workshop.

The PARE is divided into three sections simulating a critical incident:

Obstacle Course Section

This simulates proceeding to the scene of a problem or occurrence. The total length of the course is near 350 m long (1150 feet) and involves running six laps which include: direction changes; jumping across a 1.5 m. (5 ft.) distance; ascending and descending stairs; jumping over 0.45 m. (18 in.) hurdles; vaulting a 0.9 m. (3 ft.) barrier, followed by performing a controlled fall and getting back up before starting the next lap. Each lap takes approximately 25 sec. At the end of the sixth laps the participant proceeds to the second section.

Push/Pull Section

This simulates having to physically solve a problem or occurrence. It requires a 32 kg (70 lb) weight be pushed and pulled through six, 180 degree arcs. Four controlled falls must be performed between the push and pull tasks; two to the front and two to the back. The push/pull section lasts approximately 70 sec.

Weight Carry Section

This activity begins within 2 min of completing the Push/Pull Section. It simulates having to remove an object or a person from the scene. It requires a 36 kg (80 lb) bag be carried over a 15 metre (50 feet) distance. Participant will be given a maximum of three attempts to complete the Weight Carry Section.

PARE Requirement Applicants

Applicants must complete the obstacle course and push/pull sections in 4:45min. The weight carry section is not timed. Lateral applicants and re-hired regular members must complete the PARE in less then 4:00 with 80 lb on the Push-Pull and 100 lb on the bag carry.

Fitness level

It is important to maintain or improve your fitness level after having completed the PARE since the test is valid between 9-12 months depending on your time. You will likely be retested prior to your departure for the training academy. Arriving at Depot Should a cadet fail to complete the PARE in 4:45 in the first week of training, it will result in the termination of the cadet-training agreement. Graduating To graduate from Depot, cadets must complete the obstacle course and push/pull sections in 4:00. The weight on the push/pull unit will be increased to 36 kg(80 lbs) and the weight carry will be increased to 45 kg (100 lbs).


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