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Physical Ability Test

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14912 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97230

Saturday, November 17 2018, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Physical Ability Test for Police Officer applicants


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89 Seats Available


Portland Police Bureau Training Division, 14912 NE Airport Way, Portland OR 97230

Cost: Free for Portland Police Bureau Police Officer applicants

Please make sure and dress for exercise, and bring water. All participants must register by 12:00pm.

The Physical Abilities Test (PAT) tests an applicant’s physical strength, muscular endurance, coordination, and agility by performing basic physical tasks that police officers will use throughout normal performance of their duties. Passing this test demonstrates the applicant possesses the minimum physical ability level to perform the duties of a Portland Police officer. The physical abilities test is strenuous.

The PAT test will be explained and demonstrated to you before you start the test. 

Each applicant must sign a waiver form releasing liability prior to testing. The Portland Police Bureau recommends that if you have had surgery or a serious illness within the previous six months, are on medication, or have an ongoing medical condition, you should consult your physician before attempting the physical abilities test. Any potential medical concerns should be discussed with a qualified medical professional before attempting the test, at the applicant’s own expense.


Applicants should consider the following points when preparing for the test:

• Review the PAT video at

• Restrict caffeine intake on the day of the test.

• Have a small meal prior to your test and drink water

• Limit physically demanding activities the day prior to the test.

• Spend time warming up and stretching prior to starting the test.

• Dress in athletic clothing for the test.


• Walk/jog/run in intervals.

• Run up a hill in intervals.

• Run up and down stairs/bleachers.

• Do Burpees, Squats, Pushups, and Sit-ups.

• Upper body weight training for 80-pound sandbag carry and 165-pound dummy drag.