Growing up one of the jobs I dreamed of doing as an adult was to be a police officer.

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A lot of my family were city cops, county sheriffs, and several Michigan State Police Troopers.

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I looked up to them as heroes and dreamed of catching the bad guys and helping people in need one day.

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I ended up discovering my love for radio and the rest is history, but I've always wondered what it would take to become a Michigan State Trooper.

Are You Strong Enough to Pass the Michigan State Police Physical Exam?

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To become an MSP Trooper you have to take the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards physical test (MCOLES) physical fitness test which consists of four separate events.

Let's Get Physical

The four tests you have to take on include vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups, and 1/2 mile shuttle run.

Vertical jump

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The vertical jump test is a test of lower body power, which measures how high an individual can jump vertically.

Sit-ups

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The sit-up test is a measure of abdominal and hip flexor muscular endurance. The test requires the subject to perform as many sit-ups as possible within a set time period.

Push-ups

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The push-up test is a fitness test that measures upper body strength and endurance.

1/2 mile shuttle run

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The 1/2 mile shuttle run test is a physical fitness test that measures cardio-respiratory capacity, cardiovascular endurance, aerobic power, and agility. It involves running back and forth between two markers set 30 feet apart for a total distance of half a mile

Score You Need To Pass The Physical

Below is a chart that breaks things down by sex, age, and the four test categories scores need to pass.

Males
Age GroupVertical JumpSit UpsPush Ups1/2-Mile Shuttle Run
18-2917.532304:29.6
30-3916.030304:38.2
40 +15.030284:54.7
Females
Age GroupVertical JumpSit UpsPush Ups1/2-Mile Shuttle Run
18-2911.02875:35.4
30-399.01975:59.1
40+8.01876:13.3

Here's What You Need To Do To Take The MCOLES Physical Test

  • A signed Physician's Health Screening Form
  • Gym shorts and T-shirt or sweat suit
  • Gym shoes
  • Athletic supporter (males), or bra (females)
  • Driver's license or other government-issued photo ID

You can find dates for tests here

After looking at what it takes to pass the physical test I'm sad to say I don't think I could pass any of the four categories.

What about you? Do you have what it takes?

 

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