PRE-HIRE TESTING DAY

Pre-Hire Testing

Pre-Hire testing with the Greensboro Police Department is designed to ensure our recruits are serious about doing this serious job. We’ve utilized two tests that examine your ability to handle real on-the-job experiences of our officers: The Nelson-Denny Reading Test and the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT).

LOCATION

Test takes place here:

300 SOUTH Swing Road

GReensboro, NC

Nelson-Denny Reading Test

This reading test includes reading multiple paragraphs and answering multiple-choice comprehension questions.

GPD Nelson-Denny Reading Test

Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)

The POPAT includes physical exercises police officers experience in the field. All applicants are encouraged to practice these exercises before test day to feel comfortable and prepared.

PHASE 1:

Chase and Apprehension Scenario
Maximum time: 7:15

You will do all steps below 2 times.

STEP 1.
Begin sitting in a chair
On the command of “Go” the participant will:

  • get up from the chair
  • advance 40 feet around the cone
  • go back around the chair 2 times

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)

STEP 2.

Broad jump over a 4 foot area which will be indicated by 2 lines on the ground 4 feet apart.

(You must clear the line for the event to count.)

GPD (POPAT) Test

STEP 3.

Clear a 4-foot fence.

(The event must be accomplished safely, which will be performed by placing both hands on the fence and going over the top of the fence in the safest manner possible.)

Greensboro Police Department Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) Steps

STEP 4.

Crawl under a 2 foot obstacle.

(If you move the obstacle, it will be placed back into position, and you must attempt the obstacle again until successfully completed.)

(POPAT) Greensboro Police Department Physical Abilities Test

STEP 5.

You will then go around to the back cone and run back to the roll bag and the mat.

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test Application Process

STEP 6.

Once at the bag roll, you will mount the bag in a straddle position.

Begin with outside knee down on the ground. As you roll over the top of the bag, you will be careful to make sure that your outer knee touches the ground. As you roll back over, your original knee must touch the ground. This will count as one repetition.

You will need to do 3 of these rolls.

POPAT Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test for officer applications

STEP 7.

Complete 10 push-ups.

The push-up form will be defined as having your hands about shoulder-width apart, body straight and off the ground in a fully extended position.

You will lower yourself to where your chin will touch a 4-inch foam block and return to a fully extended position for the repetition to count.

(Since you will be doing this step 2 times, you will do 20 push-ups in all.)

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test POPAT Phase 1

YOU WILL COMPLETE THE ABOVE STEPS TWO TIMES!


PHASE 2:

Rescue Scenario
Maximum time: 3:30

STEP 1.

You will start at a cone, advance 50 feet around another cone and back two times.

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test POPAT Phase 2 Step 1

STEP 2.

Complete 30 steps on the step box.

Place both feet on the box, and both feet back down to complete one repetition.

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test POPAT Phase 2 Step 2

STEP 3.

Advance 50 feet around the original cone and back 2 times.

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test POPAT Phase 2 Step 3

STEP 4.


Drag the dummy backward across the 25-foot mark, indicated by a cone, and back across the original line.

There is no wrong way to drag the dummy, but the participant has to move backwards while dragging.
Once the dummy is across the original line, time will stop, and your time will be recorded.

Greensboro PD Physical Abilities Test POPAT Phase 2 Step 4

And that is it! On to the next phase!