Physical fitness is essential to the career of a Police Officer. Being a Police Officer is both mentally and physically demanding. The physical fitness screening exam administered by the North Las Vegas Police Department is structured to measure upper body strength, cardiovascular endurance, that flexibility exists, and to determine if you meet the minimum standards to successfully enter the Police Academy. We want all applicants to be successful, and to that end the time to prepare is well in advance of the testing date.
Nevada POST Minimum Screening Standards:
Vertical Jump – Minimum of a 11.5 inch jump.
Agility Run – Completed start to finish in 23.4 seconds or less.
Sit Ups – 24 correct repetitions in 1 minute.
Push Ups – 18 correct repetitions with no time limit.
300 Meter Run – Completed start to finish in 1 minute 22 seconds or less.
1.5 Mile Run – Completed start to finish in 20 minutes 20 seconds or less.
It is important to note the above screening standards are the minimum to be considered to be a candidate, and much more will be expected throughout a candidates time in the Academy. A candidate will be required to successfully pass the Nevada POST Standard Physical Fitness Test prior to graduation.
Nevada POST Standard Physical Fitness Test:
Vertical Jump – Minimum of a 14 inch jump.
Agility Run – Completed start to finish in 19.5 seconds or less.
Sit Ups – 30 correct repetitions in 1 minute.
Push Ups – 23 correct repetitions with no time limit.
300 Meter Run – Completed start to finish in 1 minute 8 seconds or less.
1.5 Mile Run – Completed start to finish in 16 minutes 57 seconds or less.
Description of Tests:
Vertical Jump Test: This test measures leg power which is important in vaulting objects such as walls and ditches and in moving heavy objects such as people. The vertical jump begins with one body side toward the wall, heels together, and reaching upward as high as possible. Then using a rocking, one-step approach (“step-feet togetherjump”), jump as high as possible, reaching upward at the same time. The number of inches between the standing reach and the jumping reach, measured to the nearest half inch, is the score.
Agility Run: This test is a measure of coordinated movement and speed. It is important for performing tasks requiring quick movements around obstacles. The agility run starts in the prone position to the left of the first cone with the tips of the fingers behind the starting line. When the instructor says “Go” the candidate will stand up and sprint to the forward line located 30 feet away. One foot will be placed over the line, and the candidate will sprint back to the starting line. A left turn will be made around the first cone, then zig-zag in a figure eight fashion around the four cones and zig-zag back to the start line. Turn left around the first cone, and sprint to the forward line and back one more time. The clock stops when any part of your body crosses the finish line.
One Minute Sit-up Test: This test measures muscular endurance which is important for performing tasks that involve the use of force. The sit-up begins while lying on the back with legs bent at the knees at approximately 90 degree angles, heels flat on the floor, hands interlocked behind the head, with elbows out to the sides. A partner will be required to hold the feet down firmly. The buttocks must remain in contact with the floor at all times. One repetition will be counted using this procedure. The neck must remain in a neutral position; no jerking is allowed. If the hands break apart, the sit-up will not count. Candidates will have one (1) minute to complete as many sit-ups as they can. Resting is allowed only in the “up” position.
Maximum Push-up Test: (Not timed) This test measures the muscular endurance of the upper body muscles. This is important for use of force involving any pushing motion. The push-up begins while lying down on the floor into the front leaning and rest position. Lower the body until the upper arms are parallel to the floor, then push up again. The back must be straight, and in each extension up, the elbows must lock. Resting is allowed only in the up position.
300 Meter Run Test: This is a test of anaerobic capacity which is important for performing short intense bursts of effort such as foot pursuits, rescues and use of force situations. Participants need to cover the distance as fast as possible. Participants line up at the starting line. Once instructed to “go,” complete the course as quickly as possible.
1.5 Mile Run/Walk Test: This test is a measure of cardio respiratory endurance or aerobic power. This is important for performing tasks involving stamina and endurance (pursuits, searches, prolonged use of force situations, etc.) and for minimizing the risk of cardiovascular health problems. This test may be run or completed in a combination of running and walking. The test begins at a designated starting line and concludes after the
applicant crosses the designated finish line. The time it takes an applicant to complete the 1.5 mile run/walk test will be measured in minutes and seconds.