Is there a physical agility exam for Deputy Sheriff? What does it consist of?

Agility Course Description:          

The Agility Course has been established to demonstrating an applicant’s aerobic, strength, muscular, and flexibility conditioning. Each different stage of the course is outlined below.

Time Limit:

Applicants have 5 minutes and 05 seconds to run the agility course from start to finish; measured at 1,500 ft. Applicants that have taken more than 5 minutes and 5 seconds to complete the course will receive a ‘failed’ score. The solid wall obstacle will not be included in the 5 minutes and 05 seconds time limit for the agility course.


This obstacle simulates the quick sprint during a pursuit that could occur in any officer assignment. It demonstrates an applicant’s aerobic and endurance conditioning Sprint/Runs:   The initial sprint (or run) at the beginning of the agility course should not be walked. Applicants are to run this obstacle quickly, without injuring themselves.

Weight Carry

This test simulates an applicant’s capability to lift, carry, and drag heavy objects, push hard-to-move objects, physically subdue, or restrain a violent combatant, and physically separate two fighting individuals, among other duties. It demonstrates an applicant’s muscular, aerobic, strength, muscular, and flexibility conditioning. 

The course may consist of the following: 

  • A sprint/run of approximately 380 feet.
  • Dragging an approximately 100 Ib. rubber tire over a combined distance of 64 feet.
  • Carrying two (2) 45-pound hand-held weights over a combined distance of 120 feet; and,
  • Carrying one (1) 45-pound hand-held weight over a combined distance of 150 feet; and, 
  • Carrying one (1) 30-pound hand-held weight over a combined distance of 150 feet; and,
  • 20 complete ‘box steps’ consisting of 1-2 count = 1 step.


Negotiating obstacles within path 

Officers encounter a variety of obstacles while in pursuit of a suspect, or inmate, on a regular basis. Obstacles within the agility course have been placed throughout to simulate an individual’s ability to maneuver and negotiate around or over the obstacles. Within the course, these obstacles may consist of the following: 

  • Sharp corners
  • Parking lot curbs
  • Hurdles


Box Steps/Stair Climb 

This obstacle simulates an applicant’s ability to negotiate stairs or a steep incline and be able to continue aerobic activity without harm.  

Applicants must place both feet on the top of the box step, one at a time, to equal one (1) rotation; applicants cannot use both feet to jump on box step. Applicant must use caution while stepping up and down the box steps.  

Box steps will be counted in the following manner:  First foot up, second foot up, first foot down, second foot down = 1 rotation; Total rotations for the box step obstacle = 20


 Solid Wall:            

This obstacle applies to only to applicants applying for one of the Deputy Sheriff classifications. Applicants will have a total of 20 seconds to get over the solid wall. Once over the wall, the applicant will not be required to ‘run out’ any additional length provided. The applicant will be given three (3) chances to get over the wall. Applicants cannot use the wall stabilizers for support or assistance in traversing the wall.

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