Physical Test for Police Officers
The Physical Agility Test for police applicants consists of two parts: Part 1 and Part II.
Part I of the test consists of a course of ten components of obstacles an tasks that are timed. The ten components are placed along a course that is approximately 870 feet in length. Before the test begins the police applicant will be fitted with a vest weighing approximately ten pounds that must be worn throughout the test. All of the ten components must be completed in the manner directed by test proctors within four minutes and twenty seconds (4:20).
Only after completing Part I in four minutes and twenty seconds or less will the applicant be allowed to proceed to Part II of the test. An applicant unable to successfully complete Part I of the test in four minutes and twenty seconds (4:20) will be allowed to take the test again after a rest period of one hour.
A video of the Physical Agility Test is available online.
Part II of the Physical Agility Test is not timed and is designed to simulate the firing of a handgun.
Physical Agility Test: Part I - Ten Timed Components
|Patrol Vehicle Exit||The applicant begins the test seated in the driver’s seat of a patrol vehicle with hands on the steering wheel, the seat belt securely fastened and the driver’s door fully opened. The timed course begins when the applicant’s hands are removed from the steering wheel. The applicant must exit the patrol vehicle and close the door before moving to the next component.|
|Distance Run||After exiting the patrol vehicle the applicant is required to run a distance of 300 feet in a straight line.|
|Obstacle Weave||After successfully completing the distance run the applicant will weave around 6 traffic cones spaced every 15 feet in an area 20 feet wide by 75 feet long. The applicant’s course will be marked with arrows to designate the correct path. The applicant will be required to redo any cones that are missed.|
|Crouching Exercise||After successfully completing the obstacle weave the applicant will approach the crouching obstacle. The obstacle consists of three frames constructed of plastic pipe 44 inches high by 60 inches wide spaced 15 feet apart The applicant will be required to move beneath each obstacle in any manner they choose without moving or knocking the obstacle over. Any obstacle moved or knocked down must be repeated by the applicant.|
|Chest to the Mat / Up Downs||After successfully completing the crouching exercise, the applicant will approach a gym mat placed on the ground. The applicant will drop their chest to the gym mat and lift their hands off the ground before getting up and repeating the exercise two more times for a total of 3 repetitions.|
|Window Entry||After successfully completing the up/down component the applicant will approach a window obstacle where the applicant is required to enter a window frame 24 inches wide by 36 inches high mounted 3 feet above the ground. The applicant must enter the window in a controlled manner, one leg at a time. The applicant is not allowed to hurdle, dive through, or grasp the top of the obstacle and thrust both feet through at the same time. If the applicant does not climb through the window in a controlled manner, the component must be repeated.|
|Crawling Exercise||After successfully completing the window entry, the applicant will approach the crawling obstacle. The applicant will approach a wooden beam suspended approximately 24 inches above the ground and move beneath it without moving it or knocking it over. Applicants must crawl or slide head first beneath the obstacle. If it is moved or knocked over, the obstacle will be replaced and the applicant will be required to move beneath the obstacle again.|
|Four Foot Obstacle Climb||After successfully completing the crawling exercise, the applicant will approach a 4 foot high fence like obstacle. The applicant must climb over the obstacle in a controlled manner and may use footholds in the fence to assist in the process. The applicant is not allowed to jump over the obstacle.|
|Six Foot Obstacle Climb||After successfully completing the 4 foot obstacle climb the applicant will approach and climb over a 6 foot high fence like obstacle. There is a foothold on the fence placed at the height of 40 inches that may be used to assist in climbing over the obstacle. The obstacle must be climbed over in a controlled manner. The applicant is not allowed to jump over the obstacle.|
|Victim Rescue||After successfully completing the 6 foot obstacle climb the applicant will drag a 165 pound manikin dummy for a distance of 30 feet. Applicants will drag the manikin by the strap with their arms under the manikin’s armpits. Applicants cannot drag the manikin by its arms or feet. Applicants will drag the manikin around a barrel and then completely across a finish line. Time will be stopped when both feet of the manikin cross the finish line. At this time Part I of the Physical Agility Test will be completed. To successfully complete Part I of the Physical Agility Test, that portion of the test must be completed in four minutes and twenty seconds (4:20) or less.|
Physical Agility Test: Part II - One Untimed Component
|Handgun Simulation||After successful completion of Part I of the Physical Agility Test the applicant begins Part II of the Physical Agility Test, which is not timed. The applicant enters the handgun simulation station where a gun aiming ring with a diameter of 12 inches is positioned. The gun aiming ring is positioned atop a pole that is adjustable in height to match the height of the applicant. The applicant is required to cock a training gun, insert their arm through the ring and fire the training gun five times. Following the aiming portion of the exercise the applicant will withdraw their arm from the ring and be asked to point the training gun at the floor or ground and pull the trigger 10 times. These steps are then to be repeated by the applicant using the opposite hand. At no time during the exercise may the applicant’s arm touch the ring. If the applicant is unsuccessful during the first attempt another opportunity to retest will be offered immediately.Any applicant unable to successfully complete the handgun simulation in two attempts or less will be disqualified from the Physical Agility Test.|