The police fitness test is designed to find out if you’ve got what it takes physically to carry out the many duties of a police officer. This test is described as a ‘job related fitness test‘ or JRFT. Women and men take the same test as do candidates of all ages as the test covers the basics of what is expected (within reason) of every police officer.
There are two parts to the police fitness test – The endurance test which is designed to test the efficiency of your heart and lungs and the push/pull test which is a test of your strength to see if you are physically able to hold and move a person who is resisting.
The Endurance Test – The endurance test is comprised of a course that is 15 metres in length and which is marked out by lines over which each candidate runs. During this test, you will be told to run back and forth between the lines in time with an audible beep sound while striving to make the line when the beep sounds.
During the course of the test, the beep intervals become shorter which means you’ll have to run faster and harder. The point at which you drop out of the test is the level at which the efficiency of your heart and lungs is measured. The passing score for this test is 5.4.
The Push/Pull Test – The push/pull test involves sitting on a special machine that is designed very much like a rowing machine. During this test, you will be told to sit in the seat with your back against a backrest while your feet are spread widely on the floor. The push bar will be adjusted according to your height and put into alignment toward the mid part of your chest. You will begin with three test pushes for warm-up purposes followed by 5 maximum effort pushes which will give a reading of strength. You will be able to view your reading on a screen. When you are finished with this portion of the test, you will then go to the other side of the machine. Here you will take ahold of two flexible handles with your chest resting toward the front and once again perform three test warm-up pulls. Then you will be told to make 5 maximum effort pulls. Like the first part of the test, you will see your pull level on the screen. The pass level for the push/pull test is 35.
What’s Required to Pass the Police Fitness Test
In order to be considered as viable candidate for entrance into the police service, you must be successful at passing both the endurance and push/pull test. It’s important to keep in mind that while these passing test scores are nationally-agreed upon standards, some police forces may require that candidates have a higher level of fitness in order to be considered. This is why it is important to check the specific requirements set forth by the force you wish to join.
Pass Police Tests can help you successfully pass the police fitness test. We offer a police health & fitness booklet that will help you begin practicing for the fitness test. It’s wise to go into this test well-prepared and confident you’ll pass because you don’t get any second chances with either the endurance or push/pull test. It’s also a good idea to work on your physical training well ahead of the date of your fitness test. That could consist of you going to the gym several days a week, hiring a personal trainer or whatever method you feel is right for you.
At Pass Police Tests, we can help you with the entire process of becoming a police officer from the initial police application form to the all-important police selection interview. We even offer one-on-one coaching via Skype, FaceTime or telephone for any of the police recruitment tests.