BC Corrections COPAT — Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test

BC Corrections COPAT — Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test


[Beating] MAN:
The COPAT gives an opportunity to evaluate our candidate. We’re notice that
those that do come in in good shape, physical fitness-wise, it shows they’ve prepared
themselves. WOMAN:
If physical activity is part of your regular life
anyway, it will be easier, and if it’s not part of your
day-to-day, then really some preparation would be needed. [Beating] ♪♪♪ WOMAN:
Often times, by the time you actually
arrive at the situation, you have come quite a distance, possibly several sets
of stairs, you could be quite winded when you get there. And it’s important that you still have lots left to deal with the situation, no matter what it might be. MAN:
When you get there, it’s not just about
getting there, that’s often when
the work begins. MAN:
Pick it up, pick it up. MAN:
Start preparing by doing some cardio, some running, some upper body workouts, would definitely help them out
in the process. [Clapping] WOMAN:
The obstacle portion of the COPAT is quite relevant because when a situation arises that you need to respond to, it could be in any area of the centre for example. You’ve got equipment, you’ve got possibly
confined spaces. MAN:
You’ll find people that keep themselves
in physical fitness, that work out regularly, eat properly, there’s also the correlation between mental alertness
as well. WOMAN:
Keep it up, keep it up. MAN:
We talk about responding to codes; once you get there, that’s when the work
actually starts. That’s when you have to think, what’s going on, what should I be doing? Listen to direction, follow direction from
your supervisor, and if you arrive there and you’re exhausted, your mental alertness will be down. WOMAN:
Your stress will be less if you feel more confident, so the more confident
that you are with your abilities, the less stressed you might feel just during your
day-to-day work, and then also the
stress-reduction benefits that come out of doing
physical activity, there’s definitely
that confidence that when you’re at work, that if something
became physical, that you’d have the energy and the strength to, not only just defend yourself, but also to manage the situation
in a safe way, whether it’s controlling
inmates, whether it’s supporting
other staff. Whatever the situation is, that added confidence comes with the fitness level. WOMAN O/S:
You’re almost there! One more, on your back. Okay, now get up on your feet, on your feet, on your feet, up on your feet! Good job. ♪♪♪ WOMAN:
Just make sure you drop it in the corner, okay? Good job! You’re done!

Danny Hutson

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