Fitness

Physical Fitness Standards
The Irving Police Department, in recognizing the importance of physical fitness status for job performance, has established physical fitness standards for applicants. A validation study was conducted to determine what areas of physical fitness are important for doing the job of officer and what level of fitness is necessary to perform the strenuous and essential functions of the job. You will be expected to meet the physical fitness test standards to be selected for the position of officer.

What Is Physical Fitness?

Physical fitness is having the physical readiness to perform the strenuous and critical physical tasks of the job. The physical fitness areas that have been determined to be the underlying factors for your capabilities to do the job consist of five specific and different areas.

Aerobic Power or Cardiovascular Endurance
This is having an efficient heart and cardiovascular system so that you can perform physical tasks over a sustained period of time. It is an important area for performing job tasks such as making foot pursuits and long term use-of-force situations.

Anaerobic Power
This is having the ability to make short intense bursts of effort. This is an important area for performing job tasks such as short sprint pursuit situations.
    
Upper Body Muscular Endurance
This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the upper body without getting fatigued. This is important for many use of force job tasks.

Leg Explosive Strength or Power
This is having the capability to jump with power. This is also having the ability to make short intense bursts of effort. This is an important area for performing job tasks such as jumping over obstacles and sprinting in pursuit situations.

Trunk or Abdominal Muscular Endurance
This is having the capability to make repeated muscular contractions with the abdominal area without getting fatigued. Your abdomen is the fulcrum of your body and is important in many tasks involving lifting, pulling, and dragging.

Please note, there are other areas of physical fitness to include percent body fat and flexibility. Those areas are important for overall fitness; however, they have not been determined to be predictive of how well an individual can perform the duties of an officer.

Importance of Physical Fitness
First, physical fitness is important because the five physical fitness areas determine an individual's capability to do strenuous job tasks. Physical fitness is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ). Secondly, physical fitness is important to minimize health risks for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and obesity - all of which can affect job performance capabilities.