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Fitness Testing for Illinois Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement recruits in Illinois, USA, are required to undergo a fitness assessment as part of the recruitment process. Below is some information about the fitness test requirements and standards. This information is presented for discussion and may be out of date - for the latest information see current official sources.

Assessment Tests

The following practical exercise performance requirements have been identified and must be satisfactorily performed for successful completion of the Merit Board's Physical Fitness requirement. The test descriptions are to be used as a general guide and may not exactly describe the requirements for the police department.

Physical Fitness Standards

Test Male Female
Age 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59
Sit & Reach test 16.5in. 15.5in. 14.3in. 13.3in. 19.3in. 19.3in. 17.3in. 16.8in.
Sit-ups in one minute 38 35 29 24 32 25 20 14
max Bench Press
(% of total weight)
.99 .88 .80 .71 .59 .53 .50 .44
1.5 Mile Run 12:51 13:36 14:29 15:26 15:26 15:57 16:58 17:54

information retrieved May 2013 from

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