Physical Agility Testing

The standard for successful completion of the Physical Agility Test (PAT) will be for the BLE participant, unassisted during the event, to complete the course in two minutes and six seconds (2:06).

  • A time penalty (2 seconds added) for failure to negotiate the low crawl or the ditch jump will be imposed and added to the individual’s cumulative score.
  • Failure to negotiate any obstacle and/or to stop continuous motion will not constitute a "failure".
  • BLE participants will be allowed three attempts to successfully negotiate obstacles (e.g, stairs, fence, wall/window). At each failed attempt, the instructor will tell the student to back-up to a designated point in attempt to gain momentum to negotiate the obstacle.
  • Following a third failed attempt at a given obstacle, the student will be instructed to walk around the obstacle and finish the course in order for the individual’s time to be recorded for purposes of the comparison of performance (time) to ability (non-negotiation of obstacle[s]).

About the Course

The course measures a total of 870 feet (290 yards/265.2 meters). The course consists of a series of nine interspersed individual tasks, arranged in a continuous format that are viewed as being essential (physical) job-tasks for law enforcement training:

  • Changing direction on the run
  • Climbing a fence (chain-link/four feet)
  • Climbing stairs
  • Climbing through a window
  • Jumping (broad-type)
  • Jumping (low hurdle)
  • Low crawling
  • Moving/dragging a weight (150 pounds)
  • Running

Details on Training on the Course

  • The trainee starts the course at a point, indicated in green on the course map. 
  • The candidate runs one and 3/4 laps around the perimeter of the course and enters the interior of the course at the point indicated in blue on the course map. 
  • The first obstacle encountered in the interior consists of two low hurdles, one and a half feet high and four feet long, placed 13 feet apart. 
  • After clearing the hurdles, stairs (five steps up to a 32-inch wide landing, 45 inches above the floor, and five steps down) must be negotiated twice (note that each step has a 7.5 inch rise and tread that is 11 inches wide). 
  • Once the stair event is completed another low hurdle must be cleared; the trainee must then successfully negotiate a low crawl under an obstacle set at 2.5 feet above the floor. 
  • Make a turn and clear a ditch simulation that is six feet in width. 
  • After another turn, a chain-link fence (four feet in height) must be climbed. 
  • Two additional turns made, and a four-foot high window (interior opening measures 3 feet by 4.5 feet) must be successfully entered. 
  • The candidate must then drag a 150-pound dead weight a distance of 20 feet. 
  • After the weight drag, the candidate exits the course, completes one final lap around the perimeter and finishes at the point indicated in red on the course map.

Police PAT Map