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West Fargo Police Department
800 4 Ave E, Suite 2 Map
West Fargo, ND 58078
701-433-5500
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 Testing Procedure

The West Fargo Police Department invites any person meeting the minimum qualifications to come and test.  The physical test will take place in the morning and generally lasts 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.  The next step in the testing process is the written exam.  Any person that passes the physical test will be asked to come and take the written exam.  The written exam is usually takes place the same afternoon.  Persons that pass the written exam will be schedule for an interview on the following day or two. 

 Physical Test

PHYSICAL TASK FITNESS TEST
WEST FARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

This test is comprised of five parts: push-ups, sit-ups, a flexibility test (sit and reach), 1 1/2 mile run, and muscular strength and endurance test.

Push-ups.
Applicant must complete a minimum of 21 push ups in one (1) minute. This is a test of the maximum number of push-ups that an applicant can perform in 1 minute. 
 
MALES: Starting position- Applicant must push entire body, including legs, off the floor until the arms are fully extended, back must remain straight. From the starting position; lower torso until chest is approximately 3 inches from the floor; then push back up to the starting position.  Repeat as many times as possible. 

FEMALES: Starting position- Applicant must push upper body off the floor until arms are fully extended.  The applicant’s knees must stay in contact with the floor and back must remain straight.  The applicant will lower herself until chest is approximately 4 inches from the floor; then push back up to the starting position. Repeat as many times as possible. 

Sit-ups.
Applicant must do a minimum of 30 sit-ups in one (1) minute. The applicant will lie on their back with knees bent at a 90 degree angle and feet flat on the floor. The applicant must cross their arms against the chest.  He/she will sit-up, touching the elbows to the knees, then lower the upper body and return to the original position. The applicant performs as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute.

Flexibility (sit and reach)
Applicant must reach a minimum of 15.1 inches. The applicant sits on the floor with legs straight and heels placed a shoulder’s width apart.  A yardstick is placed between the legs with the 15 inch mark at the heels of the feet and the one inch mark pointing toward the groin.  The person reaches forward with both hands as far as possible and holds the position momentarily.  The distance is recorded from the end of his/her fingertips.

1 1/2 mile run.
Applicant must complete 1 1/2 mile run in 14.41 minutes.

Muscular Strength and Endurance Test (obstacle course/dummy drag).

Applicant must complete obstacle course in one minute. Applicants must run an obstacle course approximately 120 yards in length. Obstacles will include: ascending/ descending a 17 step stairway; running and weaving between traffic cones; dragging a 165 pound dummy for a distance of 40 feet; crawling under a 30 inch high obstacle; climbing over a 48 inch high obstacle; dry firing a revolver six times strong hand/ six times weak hand.

This test is comprised of five parts: push-ups, sit-ups, a flexibility test (sit and reach), 1 1/2 mile run, and a muscular strength and endurance test. The Fitness Test Is A Pass/Fail Test. Those individuals passing the fitness test will be asked to take the written exam for police officer.

 Push-up (muscular strength and endurance)

This is a test of the maximum number of push-ups that an applicant can perform in 1 minute.  It measures the strength of the upper body, particularly the pectoral (chest) and triceps (back of arm) muscles.

Applicant must complete a minimum of 21 push ups in one (1) minute. This is a test of the maximum number of push-ups that an applicant can perform in 1 minute. The applicant may rest in the up position only.

Instructions for test:
MALES: Starting position- Applicant must push entire body, including legs, off the floor until the arms are fully extended, back must remain straight. From the starting position; lower torso until chest is approximately 3 inches from the floor; then push back up to the starting position.  Repeat as many times as possible. 

FEMALES: Starting position- Applicant must push upper body off the floor until arms are fully extended.  The applicant’s knees must stay in contact with the floor and back must remain straight.  The applicant will lower herself until chest is approximately 4 inches from the floor; then push back up to the starting position. Repeat as many times as possible. 


Sit-up (muscular strength and endurance).

This test evaluates the strength and endurance of the abdominal and hip flexion muscles.

Applicant must do a minimum of 30 sit-ups in one (1) minute.

Instructions for test: The applicant will lie on their back with knees bent at a 90 degree angle and feet flat on the floor.  The applicant must cross their arms against the chest.  He/she will sit-up, touching the elbows to the knees, then lower the upper body and return to the original position.  This is one repetition.  If the applicant fails to keep both feet on the floor, fails to keep arms crossed against the chest, or fails to touch the elbows to the knees, that repetition will not count.  The applicant performs as many correct sit-ups as possible in one minute.

Flexibility (sit and reach)
This test measures the flexibility of the hamstring (back of the upper legs) and erector spine (lower back) muscle structure. These are two vital areas for injury prevention.
Police officers are expected to lift and at times carry 70 or more pounds: such as placing a stretcher in to an ambulance or assisting a person from the ground to a vehicle. The higher the score on the flexibility test, the less likely an officer will strain their back, pull a muscle, or receive other injuries.

Instruction for test: Applicant must reach a minimum of 15.1 inches. The applicant sits on the floor with legs straight and heels placed a shoulder’s width apart.  A yardstick is placed between the legs with the 15 inch mark at the heels of the feet and the one inch mark pointing toward the groin.  The person reaches forward with both hands as far as possible and holds the position momentarily.  The distance is recorded from the end of his/her fingertips.

1 1/2 mile run (cardiovascular endurance).
This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular system’s capability to transport oxygen.  This is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance (chasing suspects on foot, running up steps) and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Applicant must complete 1 1/2 mile run in 14.41 minutes.

Muscular Strength and Endurance Test (obstacle course).

This test evaluates the strength and endurance of the hands, arms, back, and legs.
Physical strength may be required while performing the rescue of a person from a vehicle or building, or during a pursuit in an area where there are obstacles.  These obstacles include: fences or walls to climb over or under, open windows to crawl through for rescue or pursuit of a subject, steadily dry firing a service revolver to demonstrate a shooting situation after physical exertion.

Instructions for test: Applicant must complete obstacle course in one minute. Applicants must run an obstacle course approximately 120 yards in length. Obstacles will include: ascending/ descending a 17 step stairway; running and weaving between traffic cones; dragging a 165 pound dummy for a distance of 40 feet; crawling under a 30 inch high obstacle; climbing over a 48 inch high obstacle; dry firing a revolver six times strong hand/ six times weak hand.


BEFORE THE PHYSICAL TEST WILL BE ADMINISTERED, applicant must sign an applicant’s statement and have the physician’s statement signed and notarized.  You must bring the document with you when reporting for the physical portion of the testing procedure.

Please wear appropriate warm clothing when being tested: jogging shorts, sweats, and running shoes are suggested. (This is inside but the building is very cool, so dress in layers!)

The test will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
 

 Written Exam

The exam consist of a study packet that is presented to the candidates on the date of testing. They get 30 min to study the packet and then the packet is taken away. They then get the exam that consists of 100 questions regarding the material they just studied. The exam has true/false questions and multiple choice.