Examination

Law Enforcement Physical Ability Examination


The physical ability assessment utilized by the Sherman Police Department is designed to asses a candidate’s ability to perform the physical essential job functions of a police officer. The assessment is a multiple event test and is a pass / fail only assessment. The assessment consists of the following events.

Event One: Warm-Up - Three Minutes


Event:
Candidates are permitted to choose whatever warm-up method is best suited to prepare themselves for strenuous physical activity.
Failures:
Active participation in this event is optional. Candidates who elect not to warm up prior to completing the remaining events will not receive a failing assessment for event one.

Event Two: Vertical Jump: - Minimum Reach = 15.5 Inches


Event:
Candidates will stand with one side of his/her body toward the wall and reach up as high as possible to mark his/her standard reach. Candidates will then jump vertically, as high as possible, and mark the spot on the wall above his/her standard reach mark. Prior to the jump, one foot must remain stationary on the floor.
Failures:
Candidates will complete three trials. The best of three trials will be the Candidate’s score for this event. A vertical reach score less than 15.5 inches will be considered a failure. The Candidate will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for three minutes

Event Three: Sit-Up Test - Minimum = 25 Sit-Ups in One Minute


Event:
Candidate will lie flat on his/her back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with fingers laced and hands held behind the head. Another person will hold the candidate’s feet firmly on the floor. Candidate will then perform as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute. Candidate’s buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips. Candidate must touch his/her elbows to their knees and then return until the shoulder blades touch the floor. Any resting must be done in the up position.
Failures:
Candidates will have one minute to perform as many correct sit-ups as possible. Candidates who are not able to complete a minimum of 25 correct sit-ups in the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event. The candidate will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for five minutes

Event Four: 300 Meter Run - Maximum = 70 Seconds


Event:
Candidate will run for a minimum distance of 300 meters using a standard 400-meter track.
Failures:
Candidates who are not able to run a minimum distance of 300 meters within the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event. The candidate will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for 10 minutes

Event Five: Push-Up Test - Minimum = 20 Push-Ups in One Minute


Event:
Candidates will place both hands flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, with the fingers pointed forward. A proctor will place his fist below the candidate’s chest (a 3-inch sponge will be substituted for the fist with female candidates). Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the candidate must keep the back straight at all times and lower the body to the floor until the chest touches the proctor’s fist. The candidate will then return to the up position, completing one repetition. Resting must only be done in the up position and both hands must maintain contact with the floor.
Failures:
Candidates will have one minute to perform as many correct push-ups as possible. Candidates who are not able to complete a minimum of 20 correct push-ups in the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event. The candidate will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for five minutes

Event Six: One and a Half-Mile Run - Maximum = 16 Minutes: 30 Seconds


Event:
Candidates will run for a minimum distance of one and a half miles using a standard 400-meter track.
Failures:

Candidates who are not able to run a minimum distance of one and a half miles within the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event.

Cool down / recover for five minutes - Candidates must complete the cool-down / recover period. Candidates who do not complete the cool down / recover will be considered to have failed the physical ability assessment testing.