Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)

Agility test administered by training officer and must be successfully completed in time specified.

  • Applicant must wear appropriate clothes and shoes for running the course. (No showers are available after the test)

POPAT

The POPAT consists of:

  • Applicant is given two street names before beginning.
  • Exit vehicle and advance 200 yards on foot.
  • Remove victim from vehicle and drag body 50 feet.
  • Scale staircase (up & down) 3 times while touching all steps.
  • Advance 25 feet to negotiate 50-pound “body force” door.
  • Complete 20 push-ups & 20 sit-ups (in that order).
  • Return 25 feet to scale staircase (up & down) three times.
  • Advance 25 feet to 40-foot culvert & crawl completely through using flashlight.
  • Complete 20 push-ups & 20 sit-ups (in that order).
  • Advance 200 yards on foot.The applicant will then grab the victim (standing by the vehicle) and drag the victim 50 feet. The applicant will then give the two street names in the same order they were given at the start of the test. Once this is completed, the clock will stop. (If the applicant does not remember the street names, he/she will have to advance 100yds and return 100 yards to the corner of the steps; then, the clock will stop.)
  • Upon completion of the agility test, the applicant will be informed if he/she passed or failed. If passed, proceed to next step.

Reading Comprehension Test

  • A training officer administers a standardized reading comprehension test.
  • Applicant must pass with a 10th grade reading level or higher.

Upon completion of the reading comprehension test, the applicant will be informed if he/she passed or failed. If passed, proceed to next step.

Background Investigation

  • A background investigation is conducted on each applicant prior to hiring.
  • Applicants ineligible due to background investigation are notified in writing.

Review Board Interview

  • Successful applicants are scheduled to appear before an interview board.
  • Applicants ineligible due to review board are notified in writing.

Final Selection

  • Interview results, tests results, and background investigation are given to the Sheriff or executive designated by him for final employment consideration.
  • Applicants accepted for employment will be given a conditional job offer and scheduled for a pre-employment interview with the Training Director. The interview will include setting an appointment for a pre-employment physical, psychological screening, and having fingerprints taken.
  • All applicants for Deputy Sheriff must take the Oath of Office before starting employment, and prior to assuming any duties, and after each swearing-in of the High Sheriff every four years.

NOTE: The application process will generally take a minimum of 120 days.

Rejected Applicants

Applicants turned down for employment during any stage of the application process must wait a period of one year from the date of rejection notification before reapplying for the position they were seeking when rejected.