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This physical ability test is nothing like
gym class, or working out in your athletic
club. It is meant to tax your body, push
your reflexes and prey on your instincts.
You will be scored on your ability to
perform specific tasks and activities that
will show clearly if you can perform the
duties of a police officer. This is a physical
screening program. It is meant to do only
one thing: weed out those who can't cut
it.

A police officer doesn't spend his or her
day pumping iron, swimming laps or
doing push ups. They jump fences at a
dead run, sprint down streets and alleys,
scramble through yards, climb chain link,
avoid dogs, bullets, knives, fists and
anything else that can be slung their way
-- and struggle with combative suspects
who are under the influence of drugs and
alcohol. A police officer does not have a
comfortable sweat suit, a jug of water at
hand and a shower waiting after each
session. They do their laps wearing
several pounds of equipment, grab a
drink of water when they can and shower
when their shift is over.

You are preparing to be tested on your
physical abilities. You need to be fit,
clear-headed and ready to rumble. Come
to this challenge armed with enthusiasm,
excitement and anticipation of excellence.
You need to show that, today, and every
day as an officer, you can bring it to the
force.
by George M. Godoy
The Police
Physical Ability Test
The police physical is a highly regulated
selection procedure that looms as a high
hurtle for many candidates. Known most
accurately as the physical ability test, it
requires the most obvious forms of
preparation in the police selection
process.

The department you are applying with will
have done a strict job analysis to
determine what activities to use in their
testing. There are no arbitrary choices for
test activities, scoring procedures or final
test results. This stringent regulation of
physical testing is in place to secure the
best qualified candidates for the
particular demands of police work. The
activities you'll be required to perform,
and scored on, directly relate to critical
law enforcement duties as demanded
under the federally mandated guidelines
for selection processes, called the
Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection
Procedure.

Candidates ultimately selected as police
officers will be entering one of the most
deadly professions in the United States.
Police work not only carries staggering
physical demands in day to day duties,
but it's also an extremely dangerous
profession. Every year officers lose their
lives in the line of duty. Police officers
also face higher than average risk factors
for cancer, back injury and physical
disability.

You must be more than fit, more than
strong, more than willing. You must be
ready to perform as though lives depend
on it. On test day, only your life as a
continuing candidate is on the line, but
that risk should be more than enough to
get you fired up.
Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22
year police veteran.  During his police
career, Sergeant Godoy served for 5
years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000
potential police recruits.
Police Exam
Preparation
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