Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test (Cooper Test) consists of three exercises. Police officer applicants must pass ALL three of the sub-parts to be considered further in the selection process.

50 percent of applicants fail the Cooper Test because they have not prepared themselves. Even if you exercise regularly, you may not be able to pass. The key is preparation.

Sub-test #1: Sit Ups

This is a test of general body strength.  The testing position is bent knee (knees elevated off the ground), rising from a reclining position to touch the back of the elbows to the top of the knees and return to a reclining position where your shoulders touch the mat before rising again.  Hands with fingers interlocked behind the head or neck, the fingers must not come apart. You may not use your hips to thrust yourself up, your hips must remain on the mat. One attempt, with a one-minute time limit to reach the minimum.

Sub-test #2: Push Ups

This is a test of upper body strength.  Push-ups are "military style" with legs straight, hands positioned under the shoulders. The test begins with arms extended (body raised), then lower the body to within 3-4 inches of the ground and complete by returning to an extended arm position.  One attempt, with a one-minute time limit to reach the minimum.

Sub-test 3: 1.5 Mile Run

This is a general test of endurance.  Runner's aids other than appropriate clothing/running shoes are not permitted. One attempt is allowed.  The time limit is the maximum allowed.

It is highly recommended that each applicant visit with their physician prior to participating in the physical fitness test. Neither the City of Des Moines nor any other agency whose facilities might be used for the testing assumes any liability for injury affiliated with the examination. Applicants will be required to sign a hold-harmless waiver as a condition of participating in the testing.

Performance Standards For Physical Fitness Testing

MALES:
Sub-test Age 18-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Sit-ups 38 35 29 24 19
Push-ups 29 24 18 13 10
1.5 Mile Run 12:51 13:36 14:29 15:26 16:43
FEMALES:
Sub-test Age 18-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60+
Sit-ups 32 25 20 14 6
Push-ups 15 11 9 12* 5*
1.5 Mile Run 15:26 15:57 16:58 17:54 18:44