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:
Applicants 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. Applicants 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:
Applicants 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. Applicants 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:
Applicants will complete three trials. The best of three trials will be the applicant’s score for this event. A vertical reach score less than 15.5 inches will be considered a failure. The applicant will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for three minutes

Event Three: Sit-Up Test - Minimum = 30 Sit-Ups in One Minute
Event:
Applicant will lie flat on his/her back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with fingers laced and hands held behind the head. Another applicant will hold the applicant’s feet firmly on the floor. Applicant will then perform as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute. Applicant’s buttocks must remain on the floor with no thrusting of the hips. Applicant 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:
Applicants will have one minute to perform as many correct sit-ups as possible. Applicants who are not able to complete a minimum of 30 correct sit-ups in the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event. The applicant will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for five minutes

Event Four: 300 Meter Run - Maximum = 66 Seconds
Event:
Applicant will run for a minimum distance of 300 meters using a standard 400-meter track.
Failures:
Applicants 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 applicant will not be permitted to continue the physical ability assessment testing.

Rest and recover for 10 minutes

Event Five: Push-Up Test - Minimum = 25 Push-Ups in One Minute
Event:
Applicants 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 applicant’s chest (a 3-inch sponge will be substituted for the fist with female applicants). Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the applicant must keep the back straight at all times and lower the body to the floor until the chest touches the proctor’s fist. The applicant 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:
Applicants will have one minute to perform as many correct push-ups as possible. Applicants who are not able to complete a minimum of 25 correct push-ups in the allotted time will be considered to have failed the event. The applicant 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 = 15 Minutes: 54 Seconds
Event:
Applicants will run for a minimum distance of one and a half miles using a standard 400-meter track.
Failures:

Applicants 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 - Applicants must complete the cool-down / recover period. Applicants who do not complete the cool down / recover will be considered to have failed the physical ability assessment testing.