Physical Agility Test


Job Related Physical Assessment

The Balch Springs Police Department recognizes the importance of physical fitness as it relates to job performance. The Civil Service Board has approved a physical fitness assessment to be included in the required qualifications for the Balch Springs Police Department.

The Job Related Physical Assessment is given to all candidates who successfully pass the written police entrance examination. This requirement helps to ensure each candidate can perform the rigorous duties and obligations that police officers are called upon to perform.

The Job Related Physical Assessment must be successfully completed within the required time frame.  

Candidates must be prepared to participate in the Job Related Physical Assessment on the same day as the written examination.  Appropriate clothing and footwear should accompany each candidate. If an applicant cannot or will not participate in the Physical Assessment, he or she will not be allowed to continue in the application process.

Appropriate exercise / workout clothing, including footwear, is required.

Applicant's eligible to take the Job Related Physical Assessment should wear or bring proper clothing suitable for such activity.  The Job Related Physical Assessment will be conducted regardless of the weather conditions.

All eligible applicants ***WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER OF LIABILITY*** prior to taking the Job Related Physical Assessment.

We will be going to a new physical testing system which will consist solely of a rowing test on a Concept2 Rower.  All applicants must pass this test in order to proceed with the hiring process. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standard will be disqualified and not allowed to continue with the hiring process. The minimum standard for all applicants is completing a 500 meter row at the 40th percentile or above according to their gender.  The damper setting must be set to 5 for this test.  Once you start the rowing test you will not be allowed to stop until you have completed the 500 meter distance.  You should remain in constant motion.  If you stop, the test is over.  This test will replace our current physical agility test, an obstacle course.  Refer to the chart below to determine the maximum amount of time you have to complete the test.

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Rowing technique is an essential part of completing the rowing test successfully. Please refer to Concept2’s website to learn how to row, use proper rowing technique, and common errors.