I work at UMass and we are sending two new hires to the MBTA academy... isn't the Boston Police Academy an MPTC academy anyway? Most MPTC academies are no longer accepting campus police departments.Macop";p="54583 said:Since when do campus cops go to the Boston Police Academy? It says on thier web site that they go the MPTC I imagine MBTA or Weymouth. Here is what you need to know for the PAT eat and drink heavily the night before, cause it doesnt matter its a joke.
WOW. I, along with many others (male and female) had a bit of trouble with the PAT, i.e. old wooden dirty floor and slippery shoes. I think that many would disagree with you that if we had trouble we should consider mall security. I think many would also agree that there is a bit of stress with the PAT because you are being timed in everything and future employment depends on passing or not. It is not a true potrait of a persuing a suspect and I think if it were, our adrenaline would carry us through.BlackOps";p="54623 said:Like I said in a previous post, the PAT is a JOKE. If you had trouble with the PAT maybe you should consider mall security work. Slipping on the floor and pulling a punching bag down accross a line is much easier than real life where you will be chasing scumbags over fences, on icy surfaces, through water, and running much further than the equivalent of five laps around a gym. We should go back to the old cooper standard tests and toughen up some of these new recruits.
I took the PAT back in December of 2002 and had the luxury of going to the armory in Woburn. Someone forgot to fill the oil tank and ran it dry; the temp in the building was about 10 degrees or colder :roll:, plus the usual dust covered floor. They take care of those places so well. When we finished taking it, the 30 degree temp outside felt like a nice spring day. It actually kind of comical.ShakeEmDOwn016";p="54685 said:I personally liked taking the PAT in Hudson. :roll:
I loved maneuvering around the saw dust/sand covered corners, it added an element of surprise around every corner. I especially enjoyed the puddle of water collecting on the floor that turned the test into a slip and slide. In my case (and a few others), I slipped and slid into the window portion of the test. According to the chucklehead running the show there, the puddle wasn't considered a hazard. No worries, I passed.
Also, what girlcop said is totally correct.... your career in LE is riding on this test. I have seen both males and females gagging and getting the case of the nerves waiting to take it.
If you are not sure if you are in shape enough to pass it, consider running up and down a football field 3 and a half times as fast as you can - thats the actual distance of the PAT. 350 yds.