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Becoming a police officer

Police Physical Training Recommendations

In some cases, considered to be even more important than education itself, related job experiences can be the difference maker in setting yourself apart from the other applicants. Extensive police work experience can also show potential employers that you are aware of the career you are getting yourself into and that you are as ready as you can be to start working. A variety of different job experiences are usually better than having the same kind of experience for multiple years, although if you carry several years as say, a security guard, that should be plenty. A list of possible types of police-related work experience can be acquired from jobs dealing with security or theft-prevention, the military, or any type of leadership position. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing and then trying to tie it in with a similar type of police job (such as a canine unit if you love animals). Do your best to take advantage the ideas listed below.

What You Can Do:

  • Run a few miles 2-3 times each week and time yourself; aim to improve each time
  • Practice sprinting distance of up to 100 yards
  • Be able to run 2 miles with at least an average time of 8 minutes per mile
  • Lift weights. Make sure you can bench your own weight and properly work out your main muscle groups
  • Be able to do at least 20 pushups/30 sit ups in under a minute
  • Practice some of your agility training with a weighted vest
  • Hire a personal trainer and he will ensure you maximize performance
  • Practice climbing over an 8-10 ft. wall or fence
  • Be able to drag or carry a 150 lb. body a short distance
  • Join a sports team to increase endurance [Basketball, soccer, & tennis are good ones]
  • Learn the importance of proper stretching and apply it