The Pre-Academy Readiness Program (PAR) was introduced to our agency around 2010-2011. As a recruiting tool, it was originally designed as a monthly training program to assist potential applicants in meeting the State’s Physical Agility Test (PAT) minimum entrance standards. In 2016, the Recruiting Unit enhanced the PAR program and started hosting weekly workout sessions with applicants at the IMPD Training Bureau and in March 2017 the Run Club was introduced as a byproduct of PAR. While the focus was placed on the running component of the PAT, the other components were later emphasized to address the training needs of applicants. Today, PAR continues to be an excellent and robust recruiting strategy that allows applicants to stay engaged with IMPD recruiters, officers, and command staff during the hiring process.