Testing & Selection Procedure

Regular Academy Program

The testing and selection procedure includes the following elements: a written exam, oral interview, physical agility test and background investigation.  Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment must then complete post-offer testing including a polygraph examination, pre-employment drug testing, a medical examination and a psychological evaluation.

Applicants must pass every phase of the testing and selection process in order to be considered eligible for appointment. Failure of any phase will result in disqualification from further consideration and testing for the position of Police Officer.

Physical agility testing will be a job simulation physical agility course. Candidates will perform a series of linked exercises that simulate necessary job functions of the Police Officer position and shall include but not be limited to the following:
  • 100 meter sprint
  • pushing a vehicle 15 feet
  • vertical jump
  • 6-foot wall climb
  • 3-foot wall climb
  • window climb
  • dummy drag
  • subject resistance
  • stair climb
  • trigger pull
The above series of job simulated exercises will take place on a continuous 1/2-mile course where the candidate will run or continuously move throughout the course. Candidates must successfully engage all tasks associated with each exercise on the course. The 1/2-mile course must be completed in a maximum time of 7:05.

Preparing for Physical Agility Testing

This test shall be considered physically demanding and it is vitally important for applicants to properly prepare for the test. The following are suggestions applicants can use to adequately prepare for the test. 

Prep Mentally & Physically

The applicant should prepare both physically and mentally for the test. An example of mentally preparing for this test would include having a positive mindset prior to and during the test. It is recommended that applicants should have recovered at least 24-48 hours from any other physical activity prior to this testing. The applicant should also hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing.

Come Properly Hydrated & Nourished

The applicant should hydrate properly, at least 24 hours prior to participating in this testing.  It may be helpful to also consume a light meal 1-2 hours prior to the physical agility testing, as the applicant should have adequate energy levels to help facilitate a better performance. Proper rest prior to testing is also recommended (7-8 hours of sleep).

These tips will help manage any risks associated with testing performance during extreme or inclement weather conditions. 

Physical agility events and standards are reviewed periodically and may be modified as deemed appropriate without prior notice.

Detailed information may be found in the Physical Agility Test Preparation Guide. You may also view the Physical Agility Video to see each test station being performed.