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Fitness Requirements
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. 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.
NOTE:  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.
WEIGHT: You will be weighed before starting the test. This 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 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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