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Physical Abilities Test and Pre-Investigative Questionnaire

The Physical Abilities Test measures a broad range of physical abilities that are necessary for police work. For this test, candidates will be required to:

  • Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
  • Lift and drag a 165-pound dummy for 32 feet.

  • Run five yards to a six-foot chain link fence, climb over the fence, and continue running another 25 yards.

  • Run five yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over the fence, and continue running another 25 yards.

  • Complete a 500-yard run.

Shorts or loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict arm and leg movements are recommended. Footwear should be comfortable, athletic shoes with a gripping rubber sole.

At the time of the test, a test monitor will describe the test more fully and answer any questions you might have. This is a physically strenuous test designed to simulate the actual physical demands placed on Police Officers. If you are not in top physical condition, it is advised that you begin NOW to improve areas where you may need work.

NOTE: If you fail the Physical Abilities Test, you may request to be retested at a later date. No further processing will occur until the Physical Abilities Test has been passed.

The Physical Abilities Test is conducted at the San Diego Police Department training facility located at 4230 Spruance Road, San Diego, CA 92101 (Spruance and Kinkaid Road).

Practice Physical Abilities Tests

Candidates wishing to practice the Physical Abilities Test before starting the process may do so every Wednesday from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at the San Diego Police Department training facility. The facility is located at 4230 Spruance Road, San Diego, CA 92101 (Spruance and Kinkaid Road). 

Shorts or loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict arm and leg movements are recommended. Footwear should be comfortable, athletic shoes with a gripping rubber sole.

Practices will be canceled without notice due to inclement weather.

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