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Job Standard Test

What is the Job Standard Test?

The Job Standard Test (JST) is a criterion-valid physical job task assessment that tests for an individual's ability to perform both typical and atypical physical tasks which can be expected to be required of a Police Officer's response to either a routine radio run or critical incident. The Job Standard Test (pictured in schematic below) is a continuous timed event comprised of six stations that must be completed in four minutes twenty eight seconds (4:28) without stopping. The six stations of the Job Standard Test are as follows:
  • Barrier Surmount: From a kneeling, weapon-ready position the candidate sprints fifty feet to surmount a six foot barrier.
  • Stair Climb: The candidate proceeds from the Barrier Surmount to a 6-stair climb system and completes three over-and-back traverses.
  • Physical Restraint Simulation: The candidate proceeds from the Stair Climb to a controlled-force tactics and training device which measures the ability to resist or control force in a physical restraint situation.
  • Pursuit Run: The candidate proceeds from the Physical Restraint Simulation to a run/jog around a pattern of cones for approximately six hundred feet.
  • Victim Rescue: The candidate proceeds from the Pursuit Run to a simulated victim rescue involving a thirty-five foot drag of a one hundred seventy-six pound mannequin.
  • Trigger Pull: The candidate proceeds from the Victim Rescue to a trigger pull station, picks up an inoperative firearm, holds the firearm within a nine inch diameter metal ring and pulls the trigger sixteen times with the dominant hand and fifteen times with the non-dominant hand. Once inserted, the firearm must remain within the metal ring for the completion of the trigger pull cycles.
  • Timing is stopped upon completion of the final trigger pull. This continuous event series must be completed within four minutes twenty eight seconds (4:28).

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Job Standard Test Schematic:

Standard test

Training Tips

  1. Avoid junk food and concentrate on a well balanced diet for several days before the test.
  2. Avoid tranquilizers and stimulants such as caffeinated beverages especially on the day of the test.
  3. Studies have shown that brief, but intense exercise will use muscle glycogen and blood glucose (carbohydrate) at a very high rate. To optimize performance and enhance the recovery from this type of intense exercise, we suggest the following nutritional guidelines:
    • To have carbohydrates available for energy production, school safety agents should consume a moderate to high carbohydrate diet (60-75% of the total kcal consumed per day) for 2-3 days prior to testing. We suggest carbohydrates from whole grains (breads, cereal, rice, pasta), vegetables (carrots, corn, potato, squash), fruits (dried, juice, or solid such as orange, apple,etc.), and dairy (fat-free yogurt, skim milk, low-fat ice cream) food groups. Foods such as baked beans, pretzels, baked chips and low-fat cookies are other sources of carbohydrate.
    • To recover from a day of intense activity and to restore muscle carbohydrate, school safety agents should eat 50 to 100 grams of carbohydrate immediately after the activity and another 50-100 grams every 2-3 hours after the activity for 12 hours. It is recommended that a total of 400-800 grams of carbohydrate be ingested depending upon the amount and intensity of the testing and your body size (bigger people need more carbohydrate). In addition to the carbohydrate, school safety agents should consume 15-25 grams of protein with each carbohydrate feeding (20 grams of protein is found in one 3-oz. serving of meat).
    • To prevent dehydration during testing, school safety agents should drink water every 20-30 minutes all day. Sports drinks are not necessary, but candidates may drink them to help replenish carbohydrate and maintain electrolyte balance. These fluids are convenient, effective and good tasting.
    • To maximize performance during testing, we recommend rest for the two days prior to testing. If a candidate must exercise, only very light training should be undertaken over approximately two days leading up to testing. Muscle fatigue, muscle soreness and muscle depletion of energy stores will lead to poor performance on this test.
    • In conclusion, school safety agents should consume a carbohydrate rich diet, but include adequate protein intake as suggested above. Also drink fluids (water, sports drinks) and take a rest day from exercise training prior to testing.
  4. Get a good night's sleep before the test.
  5. Be non-smokers if at all possible or have refrained from smoking for at least 90 minutes prior to testing).
  6. Refrain from any exercise training for at least 24 hours before testing.
  7. Refrain from eating for at least 1.5 hours before testing.
  8. For both comfort and safety, wear a T-shirt (long sleeve T-shirt or, sweatshirts are permissible), sweat pants and court shoes/sneakers (running shoes are discouraged as they yield increased risk for ankle injury). A pair of snug, batting –style gloves are recommended for testing but not required.
  9. Avoid alcohol several days prior to testing. Simple activities such as regular stretching and running routine can greatly enhance your chances of doing well on a physical ability exam. Please remember to keep safety in mind when training, and always consult a physician before beginning any physical fitness program.
On the day of testing you will be required to wear long pants. Please Note: You will not be allowed to participate in the examination if you are not wearing long pants. Shorts are not allowed for safety reasons.



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School Safety Physical Agility Test

"What is the School Safety Physical Agility Test?"

The Physical Agility Test measures performance on simulated physical tasks that are both either frequently encountered by, or critical to the position of a School Safety Agent. The Physical Agility Test (pictured in schematic below) consists of two events:

Event #1: Simulated Emergency Response/Detain
Event #2: Simulated Stair Climb/Victim Rescue.

Agility Test

Event #1: Simulated Emergency Response and Restrain/Detain

The school safety agent begins at a marked start line and, on command, proceeds to run/walk/jog a distance totaling 900 feet. Upon completion of the response, the agent proceeds to the Power Training Machine (PTM), which is a machine designed to replicate struggle with a resistant individual. The agent must control 80 pounds of resistant force by pulling on the PTM's rope while walking a semi-circle for four (4) passes, then pushing on the PTM's handle while walking in a semi-circle for four (4) passes. The event is completed upon successful completion of all eight (8) semi-circle passes on the PTM.

Event #2: Simulated Stair Climb and Victim Rescue

The school safety agent begins at a marked start line and, on command, proceeds to a portable stair system. The agent completes three (3) over and back trips which is equivalent to a four story climb. After completion of the stairs, the agent will approach a 142 pound mannequin for the simulated rescue. The agent will approach the mannequin from the head end, grasping the strap and in rearward walking movement, drag the mannequin 25 feet until the mannequin's feet cross the end line. The event is completed when the mannequin's feet are across the line.