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Physical Fitness Test

The Lubbock Police Department, in recognizing the importance of physical fitness status for job performance, has established physical fitness standards for applicants. You will be expected to meet the physical fitness test standards to be selected for the position of police officer.

Physical fitness is having the physical readiness to perform the strenuous and critical physical tasks of the job. The physical fitness areas that have been determined to be the underlying factors for your capabilities to do the job consist of six (6) specific and different areas.
  • Aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance.
    This is having an efficient heart and cardiovascular system so that you can perform physical tasks over a sustained period of time. It is an important area for performing job tasks such as engaging in foot pursuits and long term use of force situations.
  • Anaerobic power.
    This is having the ability to engage in short intense bursts of effort and is an important area for performing job tasks such as short sprint pursuit situations.
  • Upper body absolute strength
    This is having the upper body strength to make maximal efforts against a resistance and is important for performing physical tasks that require lifting, carrying and pushing.
  • Upper body muscular endurance.
    This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the upper body without getting fatigued and is important for use of force job tasks.
  • Leg explosive strength or power.
    This is having the capability to jump with power and having the ability to engage in short intense bursts of effort. It is an important area for performing job tasks such as jumping over obstacles and sprinting in pursuit situations.
  • Trunk or abdominal muscular endurance.
    This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the abdominal area without getting fatigued. Your abdomen is the fulcrum of your body and is important in tasks involving lifting, pulling and dragging.
Note: There are other areas of physical fitness to include percentage of body fat and flexibility. Those areas are important for overall fitness, however, they have not been determined to be predictive of how well an individual can perform the duties of a police officer. You should consult with your personal physician and/or a professional personal fitness trainer if your level of physical fitness will not allow you to safely perform these tasks.

First, physical fitness is important because the physical fitness areas determine an individual's capability to do strenuous job tasks. Physical fitness is a bona fide occupational qualification. Secondly, physical fitness is important to minimize health risks for health problems such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and obesity - all of which can affect job performance capabilities.

There are five (5) physical fitness tests that will be given in one day as a battery of tests.
     (1). Vertical jump test. This measures leg power. The test measures how high the applicant can jump from a standing position. Correct vertical jump form must be performed: (a) Applicant stands with one side toward the wall and reaches up as high as possible to mark standard reach on the yardstick; (b) Applicant keeps at least one foot stationary on the floor prior to jumping and then jumps as high as possible and marks the spot on the wall above the standard reach mark. Score is the difference between the standard reach and top of the jump mark, to the nearest ½ inch. The best of three trials is the score.

     (2). One (1) minute sit up test. This measures the abdominal or trunk muscular endurance. Correct sit-up technique must be performed: (a) Applicant starts by lying on back, knees bent, heels flat on floor, with fingers laced and held behind the head; (b) The administrator or assistant holds the feet down firmly; (c) Applicant starts test in the down position, lying on back; (d) Applicant performs sit-up by raising shoulder blades from floor, sitting up, and should touch elbows to the knees and then return down with shoulder blades touching the floor. This is one repetition. Applicant has one minute to perform test and complete the required number of sit-ups. Applicant should rest in the up position. Applicant may not pull on the head or neck and the buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips.

     (3). 300 meter run. This measures anaerobic power or the ability to engage in an intense burst of effort for a short time period or distance. The test consists of sprinting 300 meters as fast as possible.

     (4). Maximum push up test. This measures the muscular endurance of the upper body. The test consists of doing as many push ups from the front, lean and rest position with no time limit. Correct push-up technique must be performed: (a) Applicant lies face-down on floor; (b) Hands are placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart with fingers pointing forward; (c) Feet are together with toes pointed down toward floor; (d) Applicant starts test in the up position (elbows extended) with back straight at all times; (e) Applicant bends arms and lowers body toward floor until the chest touches a 3-inch sponge; (f) Applicant returns to the up position. This is one repetition. Resting should be done only in the up position. Modified pushups with the knees on the ground are not allowed.

     (5). 1.5 mile run. This measures aerobic power or cardiovascular endurance (the ability to have stamina over time). The test consists of running as fast as possible the distance of 1.5 miles. Applicant will have a mandatory cool down of walking for about 5 minutes immediately after the run.

You will be given the following tests. There will be rest periods between each event. Each test is scored separately and you must meet the standard on each and every test. The standards are as follows:

Vertical jump – Minimum of 14 inches

1 minute sit up – Minimum of 25

300 meter run – Maximum of 75.3 seconds

Push ups – Minimum of 19

1.5 mile run – Maximum of 16:55 minutes