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.
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
|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
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