Police physical exams test the physical capabilities of candidates for police work. Tests vary from state to state, but Idaho's test is a good example of police physical exams, according to TopEndSports.com.
Vertical Jump Test
Idaho's police officers are given a vertical jump test. Candidates jump as high as possible next to a wall and touch the highest spot they can reach as they jump. Then they do the same thing while standing. The difference in height between the jumping and standing reach measurements are calculated for an overall score.
Candidates' ability to do sit-ups, curl-ups, and crunches is tested. This test measures the strength of the abdominal muscles.
Idaho's police recruit candidates are tested for upper body strength. Candidates do push-ups to the rhythm of a metronome, stopping when they are unable to continue them in rhythm.
Candidates must run 300 meters as quickly as possible. This run tests anaerobic capacity, important in exerting short bursts of extreme effort.
Candidates in Idaho's police academy must run 1.5 miles as quickly as possible. Endurance and leg muscle strength are tested by this run.
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