Physical Fitness Training Standards

Enrollment in the Basic Law Enforcement Course involves mandatory participation in physical conditioning, defensive tactics and patrol related practicum activities.   Listed below are the physical agility, flexibility, endurance and strength activities and tasks that a student will be asked to accomplish during training.

Physical Demands of Training

Defensive tactics

This training, largely based on pressure point control, is continuous throughout the course and requires the officer to learn, practice and demonstrate on fellow students the following exercises:

  • Baton and handcuffing techniques
  • Methods of breaking holds
  • Weapon retention and disarming
  • Basic punches and kicks
  • Front, side and lateral take-down maneuvers
  • Pressure point control
  • Active counter measures
  • Joint locks

Firearms Training Courses

One week of the Basic Law Enforcement Course is devoted to firearms training.   Many of the combat and qualification courses require heavy exertion prior to and during actual firing.   In addition, a specific firearms course is designed to place heavy physical and emotional stress on the participant and includes the following criteria conducted under timed conditions:

  • Receive a radio dispatch
  • Exit a marked patrol car.
  • Run 50 yards
  • Negotiate several obstacles and interact with instructors during stressful situations.
  • Perform to acceptable standards while under Sympathetic Nervous System Activation
  • Assess and correctly identify threat targets amidst numerous distractions
  • Issue verbal commands appropriate to those threats
  • Conduct multiple timed shoot/no-shoot decisions while demonstrating proper tactics
  • Move to cover and assess further needs for assistance.

Emergency vehicle operations,  crimes-in-progress, building  searches, various vehicle and on-foot stop and approach situations. These will require physical endurance, flexibility, and situational awareness to successfully negotiate. These exercises are both training and testing in nature and will involve the use of Simunition FX Marking cartridges and protective equipment. The nature of needed student equipment is provided at orientation.

Physical Fitness

This training requires the student to perform exercises to increase endurance, flexibility and muscle development.   Physical fitness is evaluated by sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, wind sprints, distance running, etc., on a scale adjusted for age.

Evaluation standards are as follows:

Bench Press  (no age limit adjustment)
12 points          =          body weight
  7 points          =          three fourths of body weight
  4 points          =          one half of body weight

Leg Press  (no age limit adjustment)
12 points          =          twice body weight
  7 points          =          one and one-half times body weight
  4 points          =          body weight

Flexibility (no age limit adjustment)
From sitting position on floor, legs straight and feet against wall:
  12 points        =          palms flat on wall
  7 points          =          knuckles flat on wall
  4 points          =          fingertips touching wall

Physical Fitness Obstacle Course

This course is run under timed conditions. The trainee must perform 10 pushups at the starting point and then start their run. The path for their run traverses through a wooded area where the trainee must then climb through a barricade containing a window. Once through the window the trainee will run a short distance and have to crawl under two more obstacles. After those obstacles the trainee continues to run through the woods until they encounter an 8 foot wall which they must climb over. Once over this wall, in ten yards they will encounter a 4 foot wall which they must climb over. The trainee will then have 8 cement culverts they must climb over. Then the student will have a 2 foot wall to get over. There is then a 24 foot log that the student must walk on with out falling off. Once the log has been negotiated the next obstacle is a two sided set of stairs. This obstacle has five steps on either side The trainee must run up and down the stairs a total of three times and then proceed to and crawl through a 30 foot. Tunnel. Once out of the tunnel there is a 165 pound dummy that must be dragged 20 yards. The trainee will then have to run zig-zag around and through a group of barrels. The trainee will then run in a straight line, jumping over two 2 foot high walls, for a total of 75 straight yards to the finish line. The maximum time allowed to run this course is 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Applicants must understand that the physical demands of the Academy are strenuous but satisfactory completion is mandatory to graduate.

Students should condition themselves prior to entering the Academy as they will perform physical training four days a week to prepare for the test of the obstacle course and life as an officer on the street. The student should also concentrate on running up to 3 miles at a moderate pace to prepare for the Academy. Student will also be test at the beginning week of the daily physical training and again in the final week. The trainee will have to accomplish the standards set by the trainers to pass that portion of the training.