All applicants that are approved to proceed in the application process beyond the initial interview will be required to participate in a modified Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). This abilities test was designed by the North Carolina Justice Academy. POPAT is a timed, continuous sequence of actual and simulated job task events that measure basic individual abilities directly related to the law enforcement profession. Obstacles/events are correlated to specific job tasks. The assessment will be administered by Raleigh Police Department Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor(s). All events will be clearly described and/or demonstrated by a physical fitness instructor before the test is performed by the applicant.
The assessment consists of the following physical requirements:
A minimum 10-minute recovery period is required between the end of Scenario #1 and the start of Scenario #2. The entire test must be completed on the same day.
The applicant will be required to complete the assessment within the following time parameters: Six minutes or less for Scenario #1 and 3 minutes or less for Scenario #2.