Kinesiology 037

This course prepares students for the rigorous physical demands of career paths in the public safety academies. The students will have specialized individual and group training to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, stamina, muscular strength, endurance, core strength, agility, and flexibility to improve pre and post fitness assessments that are common in public safety academies.

Physical Fitness

Law Enforcement is a physically demanding career, and training must prepare candidates for these challenges. Candidates must report to training in good physical condition with no medical problems which would prohibit them from engaging in rigorous physical activity. As a minimum guideline before enrolling in the Basic Peace Officer Training Program, candidates should be able to perform the following:

  • 1.5 mile run in under 18 minutes
  • 15 push-ups in one minute
  • 24 sit-ups in one minute[NL1] 

Although some fitness training is incorporated into the first two Modules of Basic Peace Officer Training, it is strongly recommended that perspective students consider concurrent enrollment in available physical education classes offered at COD, e.g., Kinesiology 037 PSA Fitness, PE-041 Core Conditioning.

Physical Agility Tests​

Students planning on participating in the Module-I course should be prepared to meet the following minimum physical agility requirements:

  • 99 Yard Obstacle Course: Candidates run a 99 yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34 inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
  • Body Drag: Candidates must drag a 165 pound dummy the distance of 32 feet.
  • Chain Link Fence: Candidates run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over the fence, continue running another 25 yards.
  • Solid Fence Climb: Candidates run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over the fence, and continue running another 25 yards.​​​
  • 500 Yard Run: Candidates must run 500 yards (equivalent to 1 lap plus 60 yards of a standard running track).​