Fitness Requirements

Physical Training Requirements

You are required to pass each of the four events to be admitted into the Police Academy. For your information, and to help you prepare for the test, the following instructions are included for each event. (Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.) The procedure and order for testing is recommended as follows:
  1. Warm up for 3 minutes; perform the Vertical Jump test and rest for 2 minutes.
  2. Perform the One Minute Sit Up test and rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Perform the 300 Meter Run, then rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Perform the Maximum Push Up test, then rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Do the cardio-warm up for 2 to 3 minutes, then perform the 1.5 Mile Run and cardio-cool down for 5 minutes.

    Insurance Information for Self-Sponsored Students:

    POST does not provide insurance benefits to students attending the Satellite Academies. Students are expected to provide their own insurance protection for injuries that may occur while participating in any basic training program.

      1.5 Mile Run

      Entrance Requirement: 16 minutes 11 seconds

      Exit Requirement: 14 minutes 46 seconds

      A measure of cardiovascular endurance or aerobic power. It is almost an identical test to the 12-minute run test, only instead of distance the subject runs for time.
      1. Have subjects warm up
      2. Subjects should be instructed to cover the distance as fast as possible
      3. At the command “GO” time is started.
      4. Score is time to run the course
      5. A cool down is required after running

      Push Ups

      Entrance Requirement: 14 Repetitions

      Exit Requirement: 21 Repetitions

      This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the upper body extensor. It is important for use of force involving pushing motion. The score is the number of push-ups completed.
      1. The subject starts in front, lean and rest position. Hands are shoulder width apart, feet are 3″ apart or less.
      2. The subject lowers self until the elbows lock out with the upper arm parallel to the ground in the down position.
      3. The back must be kept straight at all times
      4. The subject can rest in the up position

      Vertical Jump

      Entrance Requirement: 14.5 inches

      Exit Requirement: 17.5 inches

      This is a measure of jumping or explosive power. It is an important area for pursuit tasks that require jumping and vaulting.
      1. Subject stands flat footed with one side toward the wall and reaches up as high as possible to make his/her standard reach
      2. Subject jumps as high as possible and marks the spot on the wall above his/her standard reach mark
      3. Score is the inches to the nearest ½ inch
      4. The best of three trials is the score


      Entrance Requirement: 23 repetitions within 1 minute

      Exit Requirement: 29 repetitions within 1 minute

      This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles. It is an important area for performing 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 if sit-ups completed. This test should be performed on a mat or carpet surface.
      1. The subject starts by lying on his back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor. Hands are behind the head but not interlaced
      2. A partner hold the feet down
      3. The subject then performs as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute.
      4. In the up position, the individual should touch his elbows to his knees or upper legs and then return to a full lying position before starting the next sit up
      5. The subject should not raise the buttocks from the ground and when returning to the down position the shoulder blades should touch the ground.
      6. Score is total number of correct sit-ups in 1 minute

      300 Meters

      No entry requirements

      Exit requirement: 64 seconds

      This test measures anaerobic power and sprinting ability
      1. Subject runs 300 meters at maximal level of effort. Time to complete distance is recorded
      2. Subject should walk for 3-4 minutes immediately following test to cool down. This is an important safety practice.