Physical Fitness Test Requirements

The Galloway Township Police Department utilizes the physical fitness standards recommended by the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research. The Cooper tests contain those items that measure both underlying fitness components (construct validity) and predictive fitness components (criterion validity), and are legally valid methods of predicting an officerís ability to perform essential physically demanding tasks.

The physical fitness battery consists of the following tests:

  1. Vertical Jump
  2. One Minute Sit Up
  3. 300 Meter Run
  4. Maximum Push up
  5. 1.5 Mile Run

 The procedure and order for testing is as follows:

  1. Warm up for at least 3 minutes, perform the Vertical Jump test and rest for at least 2 minutes.
  2. Perform the One Minute Sit Up test.
  3. Perform the 300 Meter Run test.
  4. Perform the Maximum Push Ups test.
  5. Cardio-warm up, then perform the 1.5 Mile Run test and cardio cool down.

 Test Descriptions

1.       Vertical Jump

This test measures anaerobic power/leg power and strength. It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force or tasks requiring jumping or climbing over obstacles or lifting heavy objects.

Procedure: The applicant stands side on to a wall and reaches up with the hand closest to the wall. Keeping the feet flat on the ground, the point of the fingertips is marked or recorded. The applicant then backs away from the wall and, from a stationary position, jumps vertically as high as possible using both arms and legs to assist in projecting the body upward, touching the wall at the highest point of the jump. The difference in distance between the reach height and the jump height is the score. The best of three attempts is recorded. ( A vertical jump measuring device may be used for this event)

PASS: 16.0 inches

2.     One Minute Sit up Test

This test measures the endurance of the abdominal muscles. Endurance is the ability to contract the muscle repeatedly over a period of time. Low levels of muscular endurance indicate inefficiency of movement and a low capacity for work. This is a form of strength testing (dynamic strength) and requires rigid adherence to the requirements for proper form in order to be an accurate indicator. This is an important consideration when dealing with use of force. Proper abdominal conditioning enhances posture and tends to minimize lower back problems.

Procedure: The exercise starts with the applicant lying on the floor, knees bent to a 90-degree angle while keeping the heels of the feet flat on the floor (legs may be together or apart). The fingers of both hands are interlocked behind the head with the elbows pointing out from the sides. An exercise partner will kneel at the feet of the applicant and hold them in position with their hands. A proper sit-up is counted only when the applicant lifts their back from the floor and touches the knees with their elbows and returns to the starting position (the scapula or shoulder blades, must return to the floor after each touch of the elbows to the knees). The buttocks must stay on the floor and the back will not arch.

PASS: 29 proper sit ups in one minute

3.       300 Meter Run

This test measures the participantís anaerobic capacity. Anaerobic efficiency is important when performing short bursts of intense effort such as foot pursuits.

Procedure: This event is a sprint run against time. The score for testing is the time required to sprint 300-meters.

PASS: 64.0 seconds

4.     Maximum Push Up

This test measures the amount of force the upper body can generate. This is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength including use of force situations.

Procedure: The position of the exercise starts with the applicant lying prone on a floor with the body in a straight line from head to toe. The hands are palms down and fingers pointed away from the top of the head. The hands are spaced evenly shoulder-width apart. The toes of both feet are on the floor with the bottom of the feet perpendicular with the floor. The exercise commences by pushing up from the floor until the elbows are locked out. Flexing the arms until the upper arms are horizontal to the floor and then reassuming the locked-out arm position completes one repetition of the exercise. At no time may the applicantís body touch the floor once the exercise starts. At anytime an applicant wants to rest or pause during this exercise, it will be the "leaning rest position", or, the up-most position. No established time.

PASS: 21 properly performed push ups

5.       1.5 Mile Run

This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular systemís capability to transport oxygen. It is an important area of performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance such as foot pursuits and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.

Procedure: Given a 1.5-mile course, the applicant will run / walk against time. Participants must cover the distance in the best time possible, without physical assistance.

PASS: 14 minutes, 46 seconds


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