Police departments are becoming more and more vigilant about making sure their new applicants are able to handle the rigors of the job. Law enforcement can be very physically demanding at times, so expect some sort of police fitness test during your application process with a department. Some agencies use standard fitness tests, some use obstacle courses and some use job simulation exercises. Keep reading to learn what to expect in each type of scenario.
Standard fitness tests are much like what you may remember from high school. First, you will be timed as you run a specific distance–both a 1.5 mile endurance run and a 300 meter sprint are usually included. Next, your testing officer will want to see how many sit-ups, push-ups or other exercises you can perform in a certain amount of time. Requirements may vary depending on where you’re applying, but most law enforcement agencies use the fitness standards set by the Cooper Institute. With this method, the required scores are based on both age and gender, making the test fair for all applicants.