Police Physical Fitness Standards
Purpose Of The Police Evaluation/Abilities Test
The police fitness test
was designed to evaluate a potential prospects physical readiness to become a police officer. The candidates that cannot pass the physical assessment test will be disqualified. It's really that simple.
However those that do pass the fitness test will likely move ahead in the selection process possible on to the polygraph test, written exam or the initial interview.
Why So Many Prospect Fail The Police Officer Fitness Test?
To be quite honest with you it comes down to preparation. Many recruits believe that they can "wing it" and as a result they fail miserably. Preparing for the fitness test really comes down to how much do you really want it.
The applicants that do well on the test are those that are disciplined, and follow a police specific workout program
2-3 months before the test.
The truth is showing up to the police fitness under prepared will have a devastating impact on your chance of getting hired. Trust me you don't want to arrive on your test date grossly out of shape. Your chance of ever getting a call back from that department is ZERO.
Police Officer Fitness Requirements
The law enforcement physical test is different from state to state and agency to agency, but the evaluation process is pretty much the same. Law enforcement agencies are looking for prospects who aren't just mentally tough, but physical as well.
Law Enforcement Physical Assessment Test Run Down
The Physical Fitness Test measures muscular strength and endurance such as sit-ups, push-ups & pull-ups, anaerobic power (300-meter sprint), and aerobic power (1.5 mile run).
Let's take a look at some of the most notable exercises that you'll have to successfully complete in a timely manner in order to pass the police officer fitness test.
- Dummy Drag
- 300 Meter Sprint
- 1.5 Mile Rule
- Fence Climb
- Trigger Pull
- Sit and reach
- Step Test
- Obstacle Course
- 1 Max Bench Press
These are some of the common exercises that you will have to successfully complete to get a passing score on the exam. The list above does not reflect the physical test standards for every agency.
How To Train For The Police Fitness Test (Workout Tips)
If you are going to train for the police officer fitness test, you must follow a police specific workout plan
that incorporates the following four elements.
Muscular Strength & Endurance
- Muscular Strength & Endurance
- Aerobic Power
- Anaerobic Power
- Circuit Training
This type of workout will increase a muscle group's ability to exert force and resist fatigue. Since strength and endurance is specific to certain muscle groups, we strongly recommend that you perform push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups in conformance with the criteria used to score the Physical Fitness Test, as your primary strength and endurance exercises.
This type of workout will increase the capacity of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems to deliver and utilize oxygen for energy. Sustained running should be your primary mode of aerobic training. Exertion should be heavy throughout the workout (i.e., you should be working hard enough that it is impossible to carry on a conversation).
This type of workout will increase the body’s capacity to perform high-intensity work and should consist of short bursts (30–90 seconds) of maximum exertion. We recommend sprint running, as this will best prepare you for the 300-meter sprint on the Physical Fitness Test.
Circuit training combines elements of aerobic, anaerobic, and muscular strength and endurance exercises with limited rest periods. Rather than always training for these fitness components in isolation, we recommend that applicants perform at least one circuit workout per week to prepare for the multi-stage Physical Fitness Test.