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Physical Fitness Levels

The New York State Police Physical Ability Test is designed to assess the two fitness components:

  1. Dynamic Strength: The ability of the muscles to generate force to perform repeated tasks over an extended period of time.
  2. Cardiovascular Endurance: The ability of the heart and vascular system to transport and utilize oxygen for sustained activity involving stamina.

Minimum entry level fitness standards have been set at the 50th percentile based upon the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research. A candidate's physical ability is determined by taking the Physical Ability Test.

Recurits doing situpsMinimum Physical Fitness Standards - 50th Percentile

Female Candidates
Age Group: 20-29 30-39
Sit-ups (one minute) 35 27
Push-ups 18 13
1.5 Mile Run (minutes) 14:55 15:26
Male Candidates
Age Group: 20-29 30-39
Sit-ups (one minute) 40 36
Push-ups 33 27
1.5 Mile Run (minutes) 12:18 12:51

To successfully graduate from the Academy, candidates must attain a minimum fitness level at the 70th percentile.

Recruits doing pushups

Minimum Physical Fitness Standards - 70th Percentile

Female Candidates
Age Group: 20-29 30-39
Sit-ups (one minute) 41 32
Push-ups 24 18
1.5 Mile Run (minutes) 13:53 14:24
Male Candidates
Age Group: 20-29 30-39
Sit-ups (one minute) 45 41
Push-ups 41 34
1.5 Mile Run (minutes) 10:47 11:34
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