Applicants who pass the Intake Review process will be scheduled for Phase I Testing. An electronic Background History Statement (BHS) will be requested upon successful completion of Phase I Testing.
This portion of the process is a one day event and includes the written exam, a series of psychological questionnaires, and the physical fitness tests. Applicants will be required to bring the following documentation to Phase I Testing:
- Original/Certified Birth Certificate
- Naturalization documents, if applicable
- Social security card
- Current driver’s license
- High school diploma, official high school transcripts, or GED
- Official departmental forms (link provided in testing confirmation email)
Because the physical fitness tests will be conducted on this day, applicants are encouraged to wear athletic attire and to bring drinks or snacks.
Failure to sit for the written exam or failure to earn a passing score of at least 70 will result in your disqualification from the hiring process. Applicants must review the Reading Comprehension Manual prior to sitting for the exam - a number of questions on the exam will be based on this reading material. We also strongly suggest that you review the Candidate Orientation Guide and take the free practice exam. This will give you a better understanding of what to expect on the day of the exam.
Physical Fitness Test
The physical fitness test is Pass/Fail and is based on a test consisting of three events: push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. This test will assess your core strength, upper body strength, and cardiovascular endurance. Scores on the test are graded by age and gender. You must average 70% or better on any two events, AND the overall average must be 50% or better in all three events. Consistent preparation well in advance of testing day is the key to performing well on the PT test. After consulting with your physician, start a daily routine of doing push-ups and sit-ups--starting in small increments will help. Doing several repetitions throughout the day of 5-10 push-ups or sit-ups at a time will pay big dividends on your PT Test. As you progress, gradually add in greater numbers of push-ups/sit-ups per set. Begin a regular running routine to develop your cardiovascular endurance. Please do not wait until test day to see if you are capable of passing—you should know about how well you will perform on the test before you get here for testing.
Candidates who pass all aspects of Phase I Testing with a score of 70 or above will move on to the Background Investigation stage of the hiring process.
In addition to the initial physical fitness test which applicants are required to pass at a 70% rate during Phase I Testing and at an 80% in the academy, police cadets are required to participate in a lot of physical training. This includes, but is not limited to: sprinting, jogging, squats, push-ups, sit-ups, carrying weight overhead, planks, and intervals. We highly recommend that potential applicants begin an exercise regimen that includes cardio exercise prior to or at the time of application and to remain consistent with your training throughout the hiring process. An effective regimen should include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or CrossFit style workouts.