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Physical Requirements for Police Officers

Updated April 17, 2017

The basic requirement for a police officer is the desire to "protect and serve" the community. To do that, police officers must meet minimum stature, hearing, endurance and physical fitness standards. Though police departments will have similar overall guidelines, the minimum physical requirements a police candidate must meet may differ for each police agency. The following are the common physical requirements for police officers:

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Your weight must be medically acceptable for your height and cannot hinder your ability to execute the duties of a general patrol police officer.


Police officers must, with or without corrective aid, be able to pinpoint the source of competing sounds and understand English speech of varying volume levels and dialects.


Your vision, with or without corrective lenses, must be 20/40 or better.


Bilingual or multilingual officers are ideal but police officers must, at minimum, demonstrate the ability to speak English clearly.

Physical Fitness

You must pass an assessment of your overall health, strength, agility and endurance to demonstrate that you can safely participate in all police training and job duties.

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