VALENCIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE
8600 Valencia College Lane
Orlando, FL 32825
You must successfully complete a Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.).
This test is approved by the Criminal Justice Institute Standards and Training
Commission and is currently being utilized by training centers throughout the
State of Florida.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and
Training Commission approved a new 60 hour physical training course for the Law
Enforcement Academy and a 40 hour physical training course for the Corrections
Academy. These new courses are in addition to the current 80 hour Defensive
Tactics course. In order for a student to be successful in the academy and to
prevent injuries during physical fitness and defensive tactics training, there
is a recommended minimum level of fitness prior to entering the academy. Each
student will be tested during the first week of the academy and again at the end
of the academy to measure improvement in overall physical fitness. Listed are
the recommended entry-level fitness standards for all recruits:
Complete at least 15 push-ups in one minute
Complete at least 25 sit-ups in one minute
1.5 Mile Run:
Complete a 1.5 mile run in 18 minutes or less
** All applicants must provide proof of medical insurance
prior to taking the Physical Assessment. **
The instructions below will prepare you for the physical
training at the Criminal Justice Institute. Start today!! Fitness evolves over
an extended period of time, weeks and months, not in one weekend.
Build up to running 3 miles a day, 4 times a week
(One method to achieve this goal is to jog for 2 minutes then briskly walk
for 1 minute and repeat for 30 to 40 minutes. Work your way down to jogging
for 3-5 minutes and walking for 45 seconds. Keep reducing the walk time
until you aren't walking anymore.)
When the run is over, immediately drop down and do as
many sit-ups as you can (until it is impossible to complete another
repetition). Take a 10 second break and then repeat twice more.
When you are finished with the sit-ups, immediately drop
down and do as many push-ups as you can (until it is impossible to complete
another repetition). Take a 10 second break and then repeat twice more.
When you are finished with the push-ups, complete 5 squat
jumps (jumping as high as you can every time). Take a 10 second break and
then repeat twice more.
PRE- AND POST-PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST INFORMATION
You will soon take the Physical Agility Test (PAT). If you have been sick,
had a fever or the flu in the last 10 days, or if you are sick now, you should
not go through this test. Please let us know if you think you are too sick to
take the test. You should not take this test if you have taken cocaine,
amphetamines or other legal or illegal drugs recently. Taking the PAT may be
hazardous to the health of someone in that category.
Candidates taking this test should be physically and medically fit. If you are
not physically or medically fit or you have not trained for this test, you
increase your risk of suffering medical complications during or after the test.
Some medical conditions may increase your risk. Among these are:
High Blood Pressure or use of medicine to control blood pressure
Sickle Cell Disease
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders (diarrhea, peptic ulcers)
History of heat stroke
Use of drugs (e.g., stimulants, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or prescribed
Regular use of over-the-counter medication (such as all aspirin and
aspirin-containing product as well as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents
such as Advil, Nuprin, Haltran, Midol, and Trendar, to name a few)
The preceding listing of conditions is not intended to be a complete list of all
the conditions which may place you at risk if you take this test.
After taking the test you are advised to take the following steps:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Completely avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages for at least 24
3. Avoid the use of diuretics or any other medication that promotes dehydration
for 24 hours.
4. Cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, ephedrine and related substances should be
5. Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
Although it is unlikely that any significant medical problems will develop,
we ask you to watch for the following warning signs:
1. Nausea and vomiting that persists beyond the first 6 hours after testing.
2. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, confused, or disoriented, or having poor
coordination shortly after leaving the test site.
3. Trouble breathing after leaving the test site.
4. A change in the color of the urine to an unnaturally dark color (sometimes
looking like blood or cola).
5. Decreased amounts of urine despite drinking lots of fluids.
6. Severe muscle tenderness that persists longer than 24 hours.
7. Weakness that persists beyond the first 24 hours.
If you develop any of these symptoms, please see a physician immediately. You
should tell the physician that you participated in this physical test. In
addition, please notify the Recruiting Unit at 407-246-2459.