What does the Physical Ability Testing consist of?

Physical Ability Course: (Trainee and Certified Applicants) 

  • A timed 150-yard course that will measure stamina and cardiovascular fitness in the completion of various job-related physical skills. The test simulates chasing a single suspect on foot and encountering circumstances that could arise during the foot pursuit. The applicant must successfully complete all obstacles in succession. If applicants are unable to climb the 5ft high wall in one try, they can bypass it and proceed with the rest of the course.
  • ALL applicants must successfully complete the course within 1:30 minutes or less

Physical Performance Test: (Trainee Applicants Only)

After you successfully complete the Physical Ability Course, you will then be required to complete the Physical Performance Test, and PASS the 300 Meter Sprint and Push-ups on the same day, which consists of the:

                                                      (M=Male F=Female) 

1. V-Sit & Reach                               Assessment Only 

2. 300 Meter Sprint                          M 112 / F 142 seconds or less. MUST PASS 

3. Sit Ups                                         Assessment Only 

4. Push-Ups                                     M 11 / F 4 or more (no time limit) MUST PASS 

5. 1.5 Mile Run                                 Assessment Only

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1. What are the minimum requirements to become a Chesapeake Police Officer?
2. What is the age cut off to apply?
3. Does the police department have a tattoo policy?
4. I was discharged from the military with a general discharge under honorable or uncharacterized conditions. Can I still apply for the Chesapeake Police Department?
5. May I get the address to the Police Department?
6. How long is the Chesapeake Police Academy?
7. When I attend the Chesapeake Police Academy, do I live at the academy?
8. What are the automatic disqualifiers?
9. When will my salary and benefits start?
10. Are there residency requirements to serve with the Chesapeake Police Department?
11. I am currently serving active duty in the military, when can I apply?
12. When I graduate from the academy what happens?
13. What happens if I omit important information, or I am deceptive in the hiring process regarding my background history?
14. Can I apply if I have used Marijuana or other drugs/narcotics in the past?
15. How many academy sessions are held each year?
16. As an out of state applicant how many visits will I need to make to Chesapeake during the hiring process?
17. How long does the hiring process generally take?
18. I am already a certified law enforcement officer, is the hiring process different for me?
19. have been disqualified or was previously disqualified from the hiring process. How long will it be before I can re-apply?
20. What does the Physical Ability Testing consist of?
21. How many applicants are typically hired for the academy?
22. What happens if I fail the Physical Ability Testing?
23. How do I prepare for the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Academy?
24. Will I have to purchase my own gear, or will the department pay for it?
25. Is there a written entrance exam?
26. Does the department offer take-home cars?
27. Do I need to submit all my documents prior to testing?
28. What are the uniform patrol shift hours?
29. Does the Chesapeake Police Department have overtime pay?
30. What do I wear for my interviews?
31. How many sworn officers are in the Chesapeake Police Department?
32. How long do I have to wait to join a specialty unit?
33. How may I learn about the City of Chesapeake?