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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

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Physical Agility Test Description

Event One: Rapid Acceleration Agility Course

This event is designed to simulate the variety of obstacles that may be encountered by a police officer. Applicants have 30 seconds to complete all of the following course obstacles:

Low hurdle (2-foot wall) - simulates low hedges, garbage cans, etc.

Solid board wall (4-foot)
- simulates chain link fences, loading docks, etc.

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Solid board wall (6-foot) - simulates stockade fences, etc.

Tunnel (12-foot)
- simulates running through storm drains, bridges, etc.

Serpentine (25-foot)
- simulates running through crowds, etc.

Event Two: Trigger Squeeze

This event simulates firing a pistol. Applicants are given a training pistol and must be able to pull the revolver's trigger 6 times in 4 seconds. The gun is held in one hand with no support. The pistol must be held steady for the entire testing cycle.

Event Three: Dummy Drag

This event simulates removing an unconscious person from a dangerous situation. Applicants must drag a 175-pound dummy approximately 60 feet in less than one minute.

Event Four: Ladder Climb with Shotgun

This event simulates checking the roof of a building. Applicants will have one minute to ascend and descend a 20-foot metal ladder while holding a shotgun in one hand.

Event Five: Endurance Run

This event simulates the foot pursuit of a suspect. The quarter-mile course includes ascending and descending stairs, and must be completed within 2 minutes 10 seconds.

Click here to read suggested physical conditioning exercises to prepare for the agility test.
Click here to read a detailed description of the physical agility test's five events.
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