The physical demands of law enforcement jobs are real. You may be called upon to move an accident victim to safety, subdue a violent criminal, climb flights of stairs to render first aide, or several other scenarios during your career. Moreover, the overall stress of a career in public safety is a part of the job. After consulting with your doctor, consider a regular fitness and nutrition program as part of your daily lifestyle.
Recruits receive extensive firearms training at the range and must pass all shooting qualifications to graduate the academy. Once you become a sworn deputy, semi-annual qualifications are required for all firearms that are issued and/or carried. All deputies must maintain a shooting score of 80% or above during their employment.
Note: tests may be added or removed as appropriate during the academy.
Physical Fitness Standards:
All fitness tests and evaluations taken throughout the academy will be calculated toward your seniority and/or badge number and awarded upon graduation. To prepare for required fitness testing and attaining set goals, access to the academy facilities will be given and encouraged throughout the academy. The academy weight room and running course are available for use during daily lunch breaks, as well as before and after hours.
Required fitness and defense tactics tests include:
- The Academy Fitness Test:
This test is given three (3) times throughout the academy: a pre-test/baseline (first week of academy), a midterm/progress test, and a final exam (end of academy). Each test has varying point values depending upon the instructor's composition of the test and what performance is required by the recruit. Scores are derived from the Cooper Fitness Standards which compare fitness levels of law enforcement officers nationwide.
- Fitness Test:
Determines changes and improvements made during the academy.
- Practical Defensive Tactics Test:
Demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply and perform the various techniques taught in defensive tactics training.
- Shooting qualifications:
Receive at least an 80% passing score on all shooting qualifications.
If chosen to attend the academy, you will be held to specific academic standards. A passing grade of no less than 80% is required for all written tests.
Academic evaluations include: