DO you have what it takes to pass a police fitness test?
Sergeant Nathan Maxwell joined the force in 1989 and loves his job so much he now works as a member of the recruitment team.
"I am a little bit biased, but I think it is the best career you can choose," he said.
"One of the beautiful things about being a police officer is, although you might see the worst that humans can do, you also see the best parts of humanity."
Sergeant Maxwell was in Wagga on Friday to run a physical capacity test which involved a series of challenges from jumping up 30 centimetres and completing 25 push-ups.
"We had a range of people from 19 up to approximately mid-40s," he said.
"Today we had some people doing the practice and some people doing the testing.
"We find that 75 per cent of people pass on their first go."
Sergeant Maxwell said the force is actively encouraging "kids from the bush" to sign up.
"Where possible, if people come from regional areas and want to go back, the NSW Police Force will try to accommodate that," he said.
Chief Inspector Dean Lindley said applicants to the NSW Police Force who have successfully progressed beyond the initial vetting stage of the recruitment process are required to undertake physical capacity testing.
"The tests are designed to replicate the physical stresses encountered during training at the Police Academy and while performing the inherent roles of an operational police officer," he said.
"Applicants need to train regularly, particularly for the handgrip and the biggest hurdle for most, the beep test.
"For the beep test, do lots of cardio and 10/10 sprints, lots of up and downstairs is always a good idea.
Inspector Lindley said to train for hand grips, try the dead hand with your arms extended or wringing out a wet tea towel over and over.
"If you are having trouble reaching the standards get a training partner or personal trainer to help out," he said.
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