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STEP 3: Orientation (Physical Abilities Test)

Applicants invited to orientation should be aware that the Police Department Academy Staff begins the screening and selection process as soon as they see a candidate enter the Academy grounds. Applicants should keep this in mind and conduct themselves accordingly.

During the orientation, applicants will be given information on the various stages of the evaluation and background process, including a tentative hiring timeline. Applicants should plan to spend four to six hours at the Academy for the orientation and should be mentally and physically ready to start the process. Candidates will complete a background questionnaire and are required to complete an agility course, a timed 1.5 mile run, and demonstrate upper body and core strength:

AGILITY COURSE (must be completed within 2 minutes and 30 seconds)

  • run 300 feet;
  • scale a six foot solid wall;
  • run another 300 feet;
  • drag a 165-pound dummy 50 feet

NOTE: This is a pass/fail event. Applicants unable to complete this course will be provided with an opportunity to retake the test within one week. Applicants that are unable to successfully complete the second PAT attempt, will be disqualified.

TIMED RUN (must be completed within 15 minutes and 30 seconds)

  • 1.5 mile run on a flat, out and back course.

NOTE: Applicants who do not complete the run within 15 minutes and 30 seconds will be automatically disqualified.

UPPER BODY / CORE STRENGTH ASSESSMENT

  • Perform as many sit-ups as able (up to 40) within two minutes
  • 2 minutes of rest
  • Perform as many push-ups as able (up to 40) within two minutes

Do not wait until you are in the testing process to begin a physical fitness program!

Physical fitness needs to be maintained throughout the hiring process, at or above the standards above, in order to be successful in the Academy. Practice sessions may be available with the Academy Staff prior to the orientation.

Click on the link to view the Long Beach Police Pre-Academy Workout Guide.

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