Police Officer Physical Fitness Testing

Published: February 12, 2021

Maintaining a fit police force is not just good for your officers – it’s good for your city.

Does your police department struggle with ensuring officers are physically able to perform the job? Join a new statewide effort to help tackle this issue!

What is it?

Healthy cops make good decisions. For this reason, the League of Minnesota Cities has contributed to the design of a fitness test for police officer candidates. This test is administered by WorkSTEPS, Inc., a third party, but the League has been involved in its development and encourages cities to participate. The test has been validated in accordance with EEOC standards. WorkSTEPS, Inc. is a leading national provider of medical/functional pre-employment testing programs and has developed a new test designed specifically for Minnesota’s law enforcement departments.

The validated WorkSTEPS police officer test is designed to qualify police candidates as being capable of safely performing many of the more physically strenuous essential functions that are required of the job. The WorkSTEPS test does not include occupational medical screenings such as drug testing, audiograms, or vision tests. Additionally, those screenings are not available at the clinics where the WorkSTEPS evaluation will be administered. The WorkSTEPS evaluation is an option to implement or replace the pre-hire physical abilities functional screening portion of your hiring process.

Why is it important?

Officer injuries are both common and frequently avoidable. Testing applicants before they officially join the force will keep your officers safer – and more productive – on the job. Your city will save money by potentially reducing injuries and having fewer workers’ comp claims.

Who can take part?

Any police department in Minnesota is eligible to use the new test. Whether you’re a small city or a large one, you’re qualified!

How much does it cost?

The test will cost only $185.00 per candidate. This includes a face-to-face medical history interview, a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation that takes more than one hundred baseline measurements of the musculoskeletal systems to document and quantify pre-existing conditions and cumulative traumas, and simulations of five primary tasks: run, wall climb/obstacle scale, dummy wrestle, dummy drag, and stair climb.

Where can I find out more?

Contact WorkSTEPS, Inc. directly and refer to the League of Minnesota Cities Police Physical Fitness Test.

Patrick O’Connor, Vice President of Business Development
WorkSTEPS, Inc.
Email: patricko@worksteps.com
Phone Number: (512) 387-8227
Website: www.worksteps.com

Read an article about the importance of police officer physical fitness testing in the Minnesota Cities magazine.