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Physical Ability Test Events

Event #1 - Patrol Car - Suspect Description
Event #2 - Obstacle Run
Event #4 - Suspect Drag
Event #6 - Fence Climb
Event #8 - Dry Fire
Prior to participating in the test, you will be outfitted with a protective vest and a police utility belt. You should be sure that the equipment fits securely. If you drop any of the equipment while you are participating in the test, continue on with the test. A description of each event follows: 
Event # 1: Patrol Car - Suspect Description

To begin the test, you will sit in the driver’s seat of a patrol car with the doors closed and the seat belt secured.  A test monitor will sit on the passenger side and ask you if you are ready to begin. The monitor will then play an audiotape which will instruct you to pursue a fictitious fleeing suspect who is wearing a particular colored shirt.  You will then be told to “GO” by the test monitor. Timing begins after the word “go.” You are to unlatch your seat belt, open the car door, exit the car, and proceed to the gymnasium to Event # 2. You may leave the car door open.

Event # 2: Obstacle Run

After you enter the gymnasium, you will weave around a number of traffic cones that have been set up in a single vertical line. You must go around each cone separately. You must not jump over any cones. If you knock any cones down, keep moving. You will then proceed across the gym floor to a set of stairs.

Event # 3: Stair Climb

You will proceed up two flights of stairs, cross the platform at the top of the stairs, and then go back down the other two flights of stairs. You may ascend or descend the stairs one or more at a time and you may use the railing while going up and down.  For your safety, you are not permitted to jump from one flight of stairs to another.

Event # 4 Suspect Drag

You will then proceed to a “dummy”, which weighs approximately 165 pounds. You may drag the dummy by grabbing the handle on the upper torso of the dummy and walking forwards or backwards. You may also carry the dummy, or partially carry and drag the dummy. Be sure to choose the approach that is best and safest for you. You must drag the dummy approximately twenty-five (25) feet. The dummy’s feet must completely pass through a double set of orange cones, which are placed about 10 yards away from the start point of the event.

Event # 5: Barricade Duck

You will then proceed to two tables that ate placed together lengthwise. You must crawl under the tables. If you upend the tables, you should still continue with the test.

Event # 6: Fence Climb

You will proceed to a chain-link fence which is approximately six feet high and eight feet wide. You must climb over the fence in the center section. You may not hold on to the outer poles for support. For safety reasons, you may want to climb over the fence by placing your feet in the links. You will be permitted as many attempts to climb the fence as you need, up until the time limit for the test expires.

Event # 7: Suspect identification

After climbing the fence, you will proceed to a table at which are seated four “suspects” who are dressed differently.  You will pick up the tag belonging to the suspect who matches the description given to you while you were sitting in the patrol car. You will then place the tag on a table located just past the finish line. Timing stops when you cross the finish line. Once you cross the finish line, you may not go back and repeat any of the prior events.

Event # 8: Weapon Dry Fire

After you cross the finish line, you will pick up a service weapon and dry fire the weapon one time with each hand. You must hold the weapon with both hands, arms extended. This event is not timed. You must successfully fire the weapon once with each hand.