We have redeveloped the Physical Ability Test (PAT) and process to more accurately reflect the physical requirements needed to reduce the possibility of injury during the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.


THE CURRENT physical ability test was designed during the time running was a part of the BLEA curriculum. It was standard practice to have a TAC take the class on extended runs through and around Burien. The 1.5-mile run tests overall cardio-respiratory endurance; however, it is not an accurate measure of an applicant's physical ability to make it through the 19-week Control Defensive Tactics program.

Over the last decade, most noted injuries relate to students being taken to the ground and getting back up repeatedly throughout a 2-hour C/DT session. 


The purpose of the updated PAT is to:

  • Reduce the possibility of injuries and protect the human resource of our stakeholders
  • It can be an evaluation tool for the candidate and their agency to gauge their ability to participate in the physical requirements expected during the BLEA Control and Defensive Tactics training.


The new PAT will likely consist of: 


1. Squat Thrusts


  • Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides. 
  • Push hips back and bend your knees, squat down, and place your hands on the floor in front of you, shoulder-width apart. 
  • Keeping your hands in place, back flat, and core engaged, kick your feet back to a plank position: arms and body straight, hands in line with and slightly wider than your shoulders. 
  • Reverse the sequence to return to the starting position. 

2. Sit Up Test

  • 90 seconds to complete a minimum of 25 sit ups to pass.

3. Pushup Test

  • 90 seconds to complete a minimum of 20 pushups to pass.

New PAT Scoring Sheet

See the new PAT used for our Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) below:

See the new PAT used for our Corrections Officers Academy (COA) below: