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Police Physical Fitness Test – Get Advice on the 1.5 Mile Run

Police Physical Fitness Test – Advice on the 1.5 Mile Run

b1 Police Physical Fitness Test   Get Advice on the 1.5 Mile RunThe police fitness test requirements are different from department to department. One aspect of the test that  is consistent from state to state is the 1.5 mile run. The run test for police recruits has been around for years. Federal agencies like the FBI have a 1.5 mile test for their applicants. Unlike the push-up test which measures your upper body strength,  the 1.5 mile run  is designed to test a prospective candidate’s aerobic power.

If you can’t make the 1.5 mile run in the allocated time, you won’t make it through the police academy where the physically challenges are tougher. That’s why it’s so important to exercise for the police fitness test no less than three months in advance. If you procastinate, I guarantee you’ll fail.  Below is a fitness progression chart that will help you prepare for the run.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The chart below will improve your aerobic power for sure but it’s not designed to improve other components of the police fitness test like Push-ups, dummy drag, 300 meter run, and sit-ups just to name a few.  If you want a workout program that will help you prepare for every component of the police physical fitness test, download a police specific workout program here.

Here’s how to train for the police physical fitness 1.5 mile run.

Here’s a great flow chart of how to prepare for the 1.5 mile run from beginner to advance.  If the distance can be covered in less time, that should be encouraged.
Week Activity Distance Time Frequency
1 Walk 1 Mile 20 minutes – 17 minutes 5 times weekly
2 Walk 1.5 Miles 29 minutes – 25 minutes 5 times weekly
3 Walk 2 Miles 35 minutes – 32 minutes 5 times weekly
4 Walk 2 Miles 30 minutes – 28 minutes 5 times weekly
5 Walk/Jog 2 Miles 27 minutes 5 times weekly
6 Walk/Jog 2 Miles 26 minutes 5 times weekly
7 Walk/Jog 2 Miles 25 minutes 5 times weekly
8 Walk/Jog 2 Miles 24 minutes 4 times weekly
9 Jog 2 Miles 23 minutes 4 times weekly
10 Jog 2 Miles 22 minutes 4 times weekly
11 Jog 2 Miles 21 minutes 4 times weekly
12 Jog 2 Miles 20 minutes 4 times weekly

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About The Author
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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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9 Responses so far.

  1. luis j burgos says:

    good evening. im a veteran of the us army. my question is this:
    1.5 mile in how much time
    how many push ups and in what time
    how many sit ups and in how much time.
    if you could please answer this as soon as possible that would be great thank you and god bless

  2. officerforestal says:

    depending on the department you’re interested in. fitness requirements varies from department to department. Here’s some general fitness standards:

    1.5 – under 15 minutes
    situps- 30 under 2 minutes
    pushups – 35 under 2 minutes

  3. jennifer d says:

    I am taking the Buffalo Police exam in April and I was wondering if there are different requirements for the phyisical test for women as opposed to men as far as how many pushups etc.?

  4. jennifer d says:

    I am taking the Buffalo NY Police exam in April and I was wondering if there are different requirements for the phyisical test for women as opposed to men as far as how many pushups etc.?

  5. officerforestal says:

    The amount of pushups for women are usually less than they are for men. I would visit the PD’s website to verify.

  6. Monique L says:

    im 21 ive decided that i want to be a police offcer my qestion is this; by my age being 21 can i still attend the police academy? I also weigh 185lbs at this time do i need to lose the weight or am i fine the way that i am?

  7. CFDRescue says:

    Monique, sorry for the late response, to answer your question, you do need to loose weight. You may be in allowable weight range, however, it will make things much more complicated if you are on the big side. Most police department’s require you to be 21 years old by the time you complete the academy. Most people do apply at age 21 so yes, you can still attend the police academy.

    Good luck Monique.

  8. Reese says:

    Hi everybody, I have a lot of questions… If you can’t answer all of them, that’s ok.

    1. How do I tell my overly protective guardian that I am interested in being in law enforcement? I tried telling her many times before, but I don’t think she’s takin me seriously. It’s very important that I find a way to convince her that I am serious because in les than six months, I will be choosing which high school I attend. There is a high school in town that specializes in law enforcement, but she wants me to go to a different one. I am not trying to go against her wishes, but I need her to understand that I would like to make a difference. Any suggestions?

    2. I am interested in the hands on, field work with a team. I would like to be in the field in the middle of the action. I know this is dangerous, but everything we do has some extent of possible danger. Anyway, SWAT seemed to fit the part. The only thing is, I don’t want to run into a hostage situation and immediately shoot the subject… I want to talk with them and get them to release the victim without any lives lost. I’m not sure, but I think they are called negotiation teams. Is that right? If so, how do I go about finding one? Do I have to be in the military or have pror experience to be accepted? Do you know if the training requirements for SWAT or the negotiation team is more demanding? How much more? I know that is a lot of questions, but I hope you don’t mind… I have more.

    3. This is a very childish question, but please do not judge me by it. Will it be like in t dramatic movies/TV shows? Just everything about them makes me question the realness of the actual job in reality. Do we really make a change? Is it worth the lives that are lost? What about the families of the “bad guy”? Do they look at the cop that killed their loved one to supposedly save others and think “murderer”?

    4. This brings me to my next question. How often does a policeman/woman have to kill a “bad guy”? Every day? Every week? How do they cope with knowledge that they were the one who put a bullet into a person and took a human life? Do they think it was for the best of the surrounding society? Or do they take it hard on themselves?

    5. What are “bad days” defined as in the perspective of the police? The subject got away? I had to kill the subject to save someone else? My partner quit? I lost a friend? All of these? How do they cope with it? Do they have nightmares?

    6. Last question. How difficult is it to kill someone? Knowing a second of hesitation could end up getting the hostage/victim dead, too. Your boss/leader says the word and you take a life. How does that effect the cop that followed the command?

  9. Maria says:


    I’m 14 , female, 5’6″, and 140lbs. I want to become an SVU detective, but I can’t run a mile, don’t have a lot of upper body strength, but I’m a 2nd degree black belt in combat hapkido, would I fail? What can I do to succeed?