The PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST consists of four (4) basic fitness assessments. Each test has been scientifically validated by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research (CIAR). The tests will be given in the following sequence, with a rest period between each test.
1. ONE (1) MINUTE SIT UP TEST: This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is an important area for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is in the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in one (1) minute.
2. ONE (1) MINUTE PUSH-UP TEST: This is a measure of the fitness (strength and endurance) level of the muscle groups involved in the chest, upper arms and shoulder girdle. It is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The score is in the number of push-ups performed in one (1) minute.
3. ONE AND A HALF (1.5) MILE RUN: This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular system capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds
4. The 300 Meter run: is a timed measure for the strength of the legs
* The actual performance requirement for each test is based upon norms for a "Fit For Duty" national population sample. The standards are the same for all persons, regardless of gender or age.
* The applicant must pass every test during a single session.
* The performance requirement is that level of physical performance that approximates the 40th percentile of the "Fit For Duty" national population sample. This standard is to enter the academy.