The physical ability assessment required by the Fort Worth Police Department is designed to measure the police applicant's ability to perform the essential functions of the beginning position of police officer. Both the components of the assessment and the required passing time are based on a detailed analysis of the essential job functions of a Police Officer with the City of Fort Worth, and of the physical abilities necessary to safely perform those functions as determined by a study conducted by Health Metrics, Inc.
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The assessment is a continuously-timed event, and comprised of the following six components:
The applicant begins from a kneeling, weapon ready position, wearing approximately 14-17 lbs of gear intended to replicate the standard issue gear of a police officer.
The assessment is conducted on a pass/fail basis only.
Police Trainee applicants are required to complete a Physical Assessment Test (PAT), with the maximum allowable time for the PAT being two minutes and thirty-four seconds. The PAT is conducted on a pass/fail basis.