MPOETC requires the use of Cooper Health-Based norms and protocols for assessing and testing a cadet’s physical fitness level to enter the police academy. The Cooper standards are scientifically valid norms based on general population and law enforcement samples and are representative of a cross-section of those populations.
Entrance to a Certified Municipal Police Academy requires each cadet to pass all four of the components of the Entrance Fitness Test (30%). This fitness evaluation ensures that all cadets are sufficiently fit to participate in the physically rigorous elements of academy training without incurring injury.
During the police academy, cadets are required to participate in structured physical training classes and complete periodic assessments at the end of the first three modules. Cadets who fall below the entrance standards (30%) will be removed from the academy until they can meet the standard.
To graduate from the academy, each cadet will have to pass an obstacle course that evaluates their ability to perform the essential (physical) job functions of a police officer. Cadets are given three opportunities to pass the obstacle course, once after each of the three Cooper assessments, and must successfully complete the obstacle course at least once to graduate.