Physical Agility Test
Minimum entrance standards for males and females entering the police academy:
1.5 Mile Run - 15.48 minutes
Push-ups - 20
Sit-ups - 36
(1-minute time limit)
The physical fitness test is administered to applicants during the background process. Here are some things we recommend to help you succeed in taking the physical fitness test.
- Get a physician's exam prior to the test to identify any possible health issues. If you are more than 15 lb. overweight, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about your diet and consider trying to lose the extra weight. Explain your intentions to your doctor and ask for his/her honest opinion as to your general ability to do high stress exercises. Regardless of the answer, you will be better educated as to what your limitations are.
- Begin a fitness program as soon as possible. The program should include aerobic exercise, such as running or bicycling, as well as some light weight lifting to increase strength. If you're new to routine exercise, consult a fitness trainer for a routine that will help you achieve your goals. Before and after your workouts, spend extra time stretching out; flexibility is a key to doing well on these tests.
- The night prior to your test, eat a meal high in carbohydrates. Potatoes or pasta would be good examples. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they tend to dehydrate your body. Also, begin drinking water and overhydrating your system. Many applicants suffer from dehydration because they forget this simple rule of life in the desert. Don't forget to bring water and fruit to the test for extra energy if you need it.
- Wear light fitness clothing. Supportive "sport type" undergarments are encouraged.
- Arrive at the test site early. This will give you extra time to warm up and stretch.
- You may also consider having a friend drive you to and from the test. Driving can be difficult and annoying when you're physically exhausted.
- Remember to bring your driver's license for proper identification.
- Finally, be friendly and encouraging to your co-applicants. Remember, good attitudes and teamwork go far in law enforcement.
If you have any questions please call (480) 503-6500 and ask to speak to a background investigator in the Office of Professional Standards.