Virginia police academy entry and passing requirements:


The obstacle course must be completed by the participant in the exact sequence listed below:

Participant will be given a physical description of a suspect, and will start from a seated position when told to “GO”.

  • Run/Sprint 25 yards.
  • Jump a distance of 3 feet in length.

This area will be marked off. If participant touches either the first or second mark, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 25 yards.
  • Climb over a five (5) foot high fence.

If participant is unable to go over the fence, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 10 yards.
  • Crawl under an obstacle 24″ high and 10 feet long.

Participant must crawl through structure without touching the top of the structure.  If unable to crawl the complete distance or raises the bottom of the obstacle, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 25 yards.
  • Climb up and down a standard 8″ step for 12 repetitions.

Climb up and down a step using the movement of up/up, down/down (first foot up, second foot up, first foot down, second foot down). The step must be 12 complete repetitions. A complete repetition is counted when both feet have returned to the floor. If participant does not have both feet on the step for counting or is unable to finish 12 complete repetitions, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 15 yards.
  • Crawl through window opening 36″ w x 30″ h x 3’ above the ground.

If participant is unable to pass through opening, task is not completed. NO diving through the opening. Participant must not touch the top of the window frame.

  • Run/Sprint 10 yards. Identify the suspect.

Based upon previous description provided, the participant must identify the proper suspect by yelling out the correct number of the suspect figure. If participant incorrectly identifies suspect, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 15 yards.
  • Move a 150-pound dummy 5 yards.

The participant must move a 150 pound dummy beyond a designated line five yards away. When moving the dummy, participant must protect its head and neck and lift it under the arms. If participant is unable to move the body completely past the designated line, task is not completed.

  • Run/Sprint 20 yards.
  • Trigger pull exercise.

The participant must pick up a safe, ready to fire double action firearm from a table using the dominant hand to pull the trigger once while holding the muzzle inside a stationary border six (6″) inches in diameter at shoulder level, then withdraw weapon from stationary border and transition to non-dominant hand, replace in border and pull trigger one more time.


Top 3 ways people fail police academy physical testing:

  • Fitness Requirements for Entrance into Police Academy Cardio Endurance
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Top 6 ways cops are forced into early retirement:

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  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • Back Injuries

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Fitness Requirements for Entrance into Police Academy

Bench Press

Required 225 x 10

Fitness Requirements for Entrance into Police Academy


Required 500lbs

Fitness Requirements for Entrance into Police Academy

40 Yard Dash

Required 4.40s

Fitness Requirements for Entrance into Police Academy

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It focuses people's attention on what is necessary as a responsibility not only when they get hired, and they're on duty, but also when they're off-duty. This job requires me to be physically fit. It incorporates workouts geared towards our line of work.

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The TFT Program showed me that little to no equipment is needed for a solid, well-rounded fitness program. As a member of the Dubuque Police Department's fitness committee, I highly recommend this program.

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Virginia police/academy physical fitness requirements

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1100 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23219

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