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HPD applicants challenged by physical agility test
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A Hinesville Police Department applicant carries a dummy Saturday during a physical agility test. - photo by Asha Gilbert

Bright and early this Saturday morning, 35 Hinesville Police Department applicants signed in for a physical agility test. The demanding 225-yard test is the first phase these hopeful applicants go through after application.

“The physical agility test measures the strength, endurance and agility of the applicants,” Training and Recruiting Director Dave Guy said. “They have to pass this to go to the written test.”

The course begins with safely exiting a patrol vehicle. After exiting the patrol vehicle, the applicants sprint 50 yards to a 180-pound dummy, drag the dummy 15 yards, sprint 25 yards and pick up 75 pounds of weight to a 4 –foot table, sprint 25 yards to a set of stairs, sprint 25 yards to a 4-foot simulated ditch, then do four 25 yard sprints in a zig zag fashion.

“It’s pretty passible,” said Officer Christian Roberts. “The dummy is the hardest part.”

All applicants must finish the course within 90.66 seconds to move to the written test phase of the application process.

“It’s a challenging course for both male and females,” Guy said. “You quit here, you’ll quit out there.”

Davon McClure was one of the applicants ready to pass the first phase of the hire process.

“I’ve been working in the public safety field,” McClure said. “Within the last five years I’ve worked more with law enforcement and this was a natural progression into this career field.”

Of the 35 applicants, only 18 passed the physical agility test. The fastest time of completion of the course was 60 seconds.

“If you test faster than 57.27 seconds you are considered well qualified,” said Guy. “From 57.28 seconds to 90.66 seconds is considered qualified and anything over 90.66 are not qualified.

After completing the course, many applicants stayed to cheer on others as they attempted to beat the 90.66 second time.

“It feels good,” said Anthony Pogue after completing the course. “I flew out here from California so I couldn’t fail.”

Only one of the 12 women who applied completed the course in less than 90.66 seconds.

“The dummy was the hardest part,” Stephanie White said. “But I was trying to push through and use my mental endurance.”

The applicants who failed to complete the course must wait until the next physical agility test to try again.

“We’re looking to hire five to six officers,” Guy said. “The obstacles on this course are what an officer could encounter in his daily duties."

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