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The Prince William County Police Department requires all police officer applicants to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test as part of the application process. Prince William County Police Department personnel will administer this test only after you have provided a completed medical examination form that includes a recent blood pressure measurement.
Please refrain from drinking coffee, soda and energy drinks on the morning of the physical training test. These drinks contain a high content of caffeine and sodium that may elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of dehydration. Properly hydrate with water during the 24-hour time frame prior to the assessment. Avoid consuming too much water immediately before the assessment because this will cause nausea and bloating. It is recommended that you eat a light-to-moderate meal consisting of foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables an hour or two before your scheduled assessment.
You will be weighed before starting the test. This will be used for determining minimum acceptable standards for testing elements, as noted below.
The first requirement for successful completion of the physical fitness test will be the successful completion of a three-minute step test. The three-minute step test is a preliminary cardiovascular screening technique that measures the heart rate in the recovery period following three (3) minutes of stepping up and down on a 12-inch bench/step. The rate of stepping is 96 steps-per-minute, which must be maintained for the full three (3) minutes. A 60-second heart rate will be taken beginning five (5) seconds after the final step.
The following rates are the minimum accepted rates:
Males: less than 148 beats-per-minute
Females: less than 172 beats-per-minute
The following elements comprise the Physical Fitness Test:
1.5-MILE RUN: Complete a 1.5-mile run within 15 minutes and 55 seconds
BENCH PRESS: Bench press at least 71% of body weight (as measured above)
PUSH-UPS: Complete at least 19 push-ups (chest to fist/sponge back remains flat)
SIT-UPS: Complete at least 28 sit-ups in 1 minute
300-METER (Approx. 328 YARDS) SPRINT: Complete 300 meter run within 73seconds
VERTICAL JUMP: Jump at least 13 inches from a standing position
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