So recently I found a job listing for new recruits the sheriff’s office. There was a written test and an agility test.
One thing to mention is that these tests were supposed to simulate a real foot persuit and other sheriff duties.
Let me describe the “agility” test.
Course 1: Run approximately 20-25 feet, step over a small rectangular board that simulates a curb. Next you turn slight right and step over another “curb”, then run 5 paces, step over another curb then go over a 3 foot wall. Then to finish it off you would run about 15 feet at a sprint.
The course was such that even a somewhat fit guy could easily run over the curbs without even breaking pace. Also, the 3 foot wall you could hurdle easily if you were so inclined. I forget what their quoted average time was but i believe he said 22 seconds. I dont recall hearing my time on this one but i think it was like 13 seconds.
Course 2: This course had the 6 foot wooden wall. I am 6’1" so its not that big of a deal to me. I think i cleared it in like 3 seconds. Even shorter semi fit people should be able to jump this wall with little amount of effort and almost no time wasted. Well the average time for completion over the years was 15 seconds. There was even one guy who was so big he wasn’t able to climb the wall.
Course 3: This course was approximately 100-120 lbs of sandbag dummy. It was sitting up. You basically just had to get behind it, wrap your arms around its chest and drag it 8 feet backwards. The time doesn’t start until the dummy’s feet cross the first line then you go 8 feet then the finish line.
I asked the guy if i could just fireman’s carry the dummy but he just looked at me strange and said no. The average time was supposed to be like 18 seconds. I got 5.7 seconds. I could have done it faster but the dummy legs were hitting my legs and I had to slow down or trip.
Course 4: a 500m run. After the first two courses most poeple had enough points to pass already so he said “You just have to finish the run. whatever time it takes.” What I took that to mean was “As long as you don’t pass out and die on this run you are ok”. I think after he quoted an average of 2-3 minutes. 2-3 minutes for like 1 lap around a track(really it was a small parking lot).
I am not really great at running and did it in 1 minute 40 seconds. I imagine that someone who runs alot could probably do it in like 1 minute.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the job is very respectable and they do great things. I just feel disgusted at the whole recruitment process and think that people who are supposedly doing “foot pursuits” should be be able to hit higher expectations than these.
Does anyone else find that crazy?