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 This information is presented for discussion and may be out of date - for the latest information see current official sources.
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.
- Sit and reach Test — - important for performing police tasks that may involve range of motion and is important in minimizing lower back problems.The score is the distance in inches
- One Minute Sit-up Test — - important for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force. It is also important for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems. The score is the number completed in one minute.
- One Repetition Max Bench Press — - an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength. The test will be conducted on a Universal DVR-Chest Press. The score is a ratio of weight pushed divided by body weight.
- 1.5 Mile Run — important for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems. The score is in minutes and seconds.
Physical Fitness Standards
|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)
|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 http://www.isp.state.il.us
- Fitness testing for other law enforcement agencies