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Police Officers must be physically fit and must pass a Physical Assessment to be eligible to attend the Police Academy. Applicants who have successfully completed the application and written testing portions of the process will be scheduled for this assessment.
Many applicants find this portion of the process to be the most challenging and often do not allow themselves adequate time to prepare. Applicants are encouraged to prepare for these tests ahead of the assessment date. (Many applicants begin practicing even before applying for the position). Links to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) standards are listed below.
Applicants who are scheduled for the physical assessment must bring the UNM Physical Assessment Medical Clearance with them to the assessment. This form must be signed by a medical doctor prior to beginning the assessment. You may download this form in .pdf format by clicking the link above.
Applicants without this form will NOT be allowed to continue in the process.
** Completing this form often requires applicants to arrange for an appointment with their doctor, which may take several weeks to schedule. However, applicants may not have appropriate time between the written testing and physical assessment to schedule this appointment. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to download this form as soon as possible, upon submitting their application, and schedule your appointment to be prepared for the physical assessment.**
The assessment consists of the following five tests:
Applicants are required to complete the 1.5 mile run and 300 meter run at the 40th percentile, as established by DPS. Certification By Waiver (CBW) applicants are required to complete the 1.5 mile run and 300 meter run at the 50th percentile. These standards, as well as the standards for all tests, are published online by DPS and can be viewed at: http://www.dps.nm.org/training/
Although they are not a part of the employment physical assessment, applicants who are selected for Police Recruits and sponsored to the Police Academy must also complete two Agility Tests. More information about this and other Police Academy physical programs is available from the Department of Public Safety at http://www.dps.nm.org/training/
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