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POWER Test Events

The POWER Test consists of four basic events:

Sit and Reach

This is a measure of the flexibility of the lower back and upper leg area.  It is an important area for performing police tasks involving range of motion and is also important in minimizing lower back problems.  The event involves stretching out to touch the toes or beyond with extended arms from the sitting position.  The score is in the inches reached on a stretchbox.

Male
Female
Age
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
Score
16.0"
15.0"
13.8"
12.8"
18.8"
17.8"
16.8"
16.3"

One Minute Sit-Up

This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the abdominal muscles.  It is an important area for performing police tasks that may involve the use of force and is also an important area for maintaining good posture and minimizing lower back problems.  The score is in the number of bent leg sit-ups performed in one minute.

Male
Female
Age
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
Score
37
34
28
23
31
24
19
13

1 Repetition Maximum Bench Press

This is a maximum weight pushed from the bench press position and measures the amount of force the upper body can generate.  It is an important area for performing police tasks requiring upper body strength.  NIPSTA utilizes a pin-operated weight bench.  The score is a ratio of weight pushed divided by body weight.

Male
Female
Age
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
Score
98%
87%
79%
70%
58%
52%
49%
43%

1.5 Mile Run

This is a timed run to measure the heart and vascular system's capability to transport oxygen.  It is an important area for performing police tasks involving stamina and endurance and to minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems.  The score is in minutes and seconds.

Male
Female
Age
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
20-29
30-39
40-49
50+
Score
13:46
14:31
15:24
16:21
16:21
16:52
17:53
18:44

What are the standards?

The actual performance requirement for each event is based upon norms for a national population sample.

The applicant must pass every event.

The required performance to pass each event is based upon age and sex.  While the absolute performance is different for the eight categories, the relative effort is identical for each age and sex group.  All recruits are being required to meet the same percentile range in terms of their respective age/sex group.  The performance requirement is that level of physical performance that approximates the 40th percentile for each age and sex group.

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy
2300 Patriot Boulevard Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: 847-998-8090 • Fax: 847-998-8091


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