Taking an exam in front of other people can be nerve-wracking, but as a police officer, every situation has the potential be a challenge. You’re constantly surrounded by people who are watching and judging your every move, and it’s important that officers know and understand how to assess a situation and keep control.
That’s why the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has implemented the B-PAD , the Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device.
This exam is given in the second stage of testing, after an applicant has successfully passed the PATI (Police Analytical Thinking Inventory), WCT (Written Communications Test), and PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police). Candidates can then move to the second stage, which includes a vision and hearing test and the B-PAD.
The B-PAD is known as the Video Simulation Exercise. In this 20-minute test, candidates watch a wide variety of scenarios on a video monitor. Each of these scenarios is based on a situation that the individual might face while on duty as an officer.
Scenarios are between one and two minutes long, and then candidates have about 45 seconds to give a live response, talking as though they were actually in the situation. The scenarios typically include angry citizens, motorists, and other situations where an officer may have re-gain control and handle crisis intervention.
Scoring is based upon a candidate’s communication and interpersonal skills, as well as their sensitivity, professionalism, and judgment. It’s important to maintain your composure, respond in a calm, direct manner, and be professional and respectful.