Fitness Requirements
 
The Prince William County Police Department requires all police officer applicants to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test as part of the application process. 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.
 
Prince William County Police Department personnel will administer the Physical Fitness Test, as follows:
WEIGHT: You will be weighed before starting the test. The results will be used for determining minimum acceptable standards for testing elements, as noted below.
STEP TEST: 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 24 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:
  • SIT-UPS: Complete at least 20 sit-ups
  • 1.5-MILE RUN: Complete a 1.5-mile run within 16 minutes and 32 seconds
  • BENCH PRESS: Bench press at least 44% of body weight (as measured above)
  • PUSH-UPS: Complete at least 14 push-ups (chest to fist/sponge back remains flat)
  • 300-METER (328-YARD) SPRINT: Complete 300 meter run within 84 seconds
  • VERTICAL JUMP: Jump at least 12 inches from a standing position
  • TRIGGER PULL: Pull weapon trigger 36 times with strong hand and 13 times with weak hand