Prospective new recruits into the Queensland Police Service (QPS) are to have their entry examination fees temporarily waived in an effort to encourage more people to enrol into the Service.
The $215 Queensland Police Service Entry Assessment and the $20 Physical Fitness test will be free for recruits for the next six months, while pre-employment medical screening and assessment costs will remain applicable.
Minister for Police, Mark Ryan said he was confident the decision to remove $235 of testing fees would further enrolment and create opportunities for more Queenslanders.
“Waiving entry testing fees is a great motivator for people who may have previously been discouraged to apply because of the costs involved,” Mr Ryan said.
Police Commissioner, Katarina Carroll said removing the fees would give more people the opportunity to join the QPS.
“We want to encourage every single person who is considering a career in policing to come forward and realise their potential,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Removing potential barriers such as the costs of cognitive and physical testing, will certainly make it easier for people to apply, while our Wacol and Townsville-based Open Days on 5 November will give potential recruits a real taste of what it’s like to be a police officer,” she said.
She said the facilities at the Bob Atkinson Operational Capabilities Centre in Wacol were world-leading “and this is a chance for potential recruits to check out the driver training track, scenario village and indoor firearms range”.
“Both events will provide a chance for attendees to chat to officers and see demonstrations from specialist areas such as Dog Squad, Water Police, Public Safety Response Team, Polair and more,” Commissioner Carroll said.
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