The Toronto Police Service Recruiting Unit hosted the inaugural Women's PREP Challenge on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Toronto Police College.
Forty women with aspirations of a uniform career with TPS attended the event. The Women's PREP Challenge allowed them to test their physical capability amongst each other. They competed for the best times in the Police Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP). The PREP is the physical component of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) certificate. The OACP certificate is one of the minimum requirements for applying to all Police Services in the Province of Ontario.
Employment Manager Annmarie Henry welcomed the potential recruits.
“The Employment Unit is here to support your efforts. You are here to challenge yourselves and push yourselves to the next level. You can do it and this is achievable.”
The women had the opportunity to watch media personalities demonstrate the PREP. As Wendy Gillis of the Toronto Star and Shannon Martin of Global News whizzed through the obstacle course. The onlookers cheered, motivated and provided encouraging support as they did they their best to complete the timed physical component in two minutes and forty-two seconds.
Janete Santos, a participant who just completed her paralegal internship, said, “This practice is very helpful. When I started a year and a half ago, the PREP was very challenging for me. The TPS recruiters are all really inspiring. They make me feel like I can do this, and that I will do this. I love Toronto, and the TPS really inspires me because it is very focused on community policing and making Toronto a great City.”
Olivia Tauro, an artist, said, “All the cheering and support from everyone is very helpful. The encouragment TPS gives me is really awesome. The one-on-one is helpful, and I get tons of suggestions and feedback. These events are essential to my progress.”