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An Overview Of The Physical Agility Test
New physical fitness requirements
  • 1.5 mile run
  • 500 meter row

 

Trooper Ellis discusses the two exercises an applicant will conduct during the initial assessment.

Hello, I'm Trooper Ellis of the Highway Patrol. Congratulations on your decision to apply to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. The physical test you'll be evaluated on will be the mile and a half run and the 500 meter row. The row will be conducted on the Concept2 rower and the damper will be set on five (5). As you can see Trooper Hackler perform the correct rowing technique. He'll drive with his heels, extend his legs at the knees, bend his torso at the hips, and then pull the bar to the bottom of his ribs. And then to return, to work that technique in reverse. First the arms, then the torso at the hips, and then the knees. You'll be evaluated on a point system. For more information, view the charts below.

 

Need more rowing technique tips? Follow this link to Concept2.

500 Meter Row Charts

Each test is worth ten (10) points, for a maximum of twenty (20) for the physical fitness test. Applicants have to obtain at least one (1) point to continue in the process. An applicant must obtain at least a combination of six (6) points from the 1.5 mile run and 500 meter row to pass the physical fitness test and proceed to the written examination. Applicants will also score points from the written test and oral interview.

 

1.5 Mile Run Charts

Each test is worth ten (10) points, for a maximum of twenty (20) for the physical fitness test. Applicants have to obtain at least one (1) point to continue in the process. An applicant must obtain at least a combination of six (6) points from the 1.5 mile run and 500 meter row to pass the physical fitness test and proceed to the written examination. Applicants will also score points from the written test and oral interview.

 

Required Documents

The documents must be ready to present on the date scheduled for the physical and written tests. Human Resources will request the documents upon successful completion of the physical and written tests.

  • Biographical Questionnaire
    The Biographical Questionnaire will be e-mailed to all applicants with further instructions.
  • Birth certificate
    The birth certificate must be a certified state issued document.
  • Education
    Must present an associate degree or official transcript showing semester hours completed from an accredited college or university no later than December 15 of the application year.
  • Military
    If applicable, provide DD214 long form and/or official military records verifying length of service.
Salary and Benefit Information
  • Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Officer Cadet Salary during academy: $3,625.82/mo
  • Probationary Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Officer Salary: $3,863.43/mo
  • Annual Leave: 15 days/year
  • Sick Leave: 15 days/year
  • Paid Holidays: 10/year
  • Health Insurance and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Longevity Pay (after two years employment)
  • Expense Allowance
  • Shift Differential Pay
  • Additional Benefit Information
Basic Requirements
  • Age
    Minimum of 21 years of age, but no older than 45 when the academy starts.
  • Education
    • Must possess an associate degree or completed a minimum of 62 semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post-secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions; or
    • Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post- secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has completed three (3) years of active military or reserve military service by the start of the academy. or
    • Shall have successfully completed thirty-two (32) semester hours from an accredited college or university as denoted in the Database of Accredited Post- secondary Institutions and Programs and whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions and has received an honorable discharge from any active military or reserve military service.

    Applicants with military service shall receive up to ten (10) semester hours for each year of honorable service in any active military or reserve military service up to a maximum of three (3) years or thirty (30) semester hours.

  • Residency

    Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

    Duty station assignments will be announced during the latter half of the Patrol Academy.

  • New Physical Agility Requirements
    • 1.5 mile run
    • 500 meter row

    Click here for more detailed information about the Physical Agility Test.

  • Illegal Drug Usage

    Any applicant having used any illegal drug including, but not limited anabolic steroid, methamphetamines, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP), LSD, cocaine, crack cocaine, illegal inhalants, ecstasy, rohypnol, or a prescription drug that was not prescribed and not used for its intended purpose, at all within three (3) years of January 1 of the application year will be disqualified and removed from the application process.

    Any applicant under the age of twenty-three (23), who has used marijuana (including any synthetics, waxes or oils) within one (1) year of January 1 of the application year will be disqualified and removed from the application process.

    Any applicant twenty-three (23) years of age or older, who has used marijuana (including any synthetics, waxes or oils) within two (2) years of January 1 of the application year will be disqualified and removed from the application process.

    Having a history of illegal drug use that tends to establish a pattern will be grounds for disqualification from the hiring process.

    • Applicants, who exhibit an established pattern of illegal drug use of any class of controlled substance, including marijuana, as defined in Oklahoma State Statutes, shall be grounds for disqualification from the hiring process. This includes prescription drugs not prescribed to the applicant for their use, anabolic steroids, and designer type drugs. Evaluation will be based upon how the drug was obtained, the number and frequency of use, the intended purpose, type of drug, and from whom the drug was obtained.
    • Applicants who have established a pattern of selling, manufacturing, distributing or cultivating illegal drugs, including marijuana will be disqualified.
    • The suitability of an applicant, who has illegally used any class of a controlled substance that does not establish a pattern of abuse, including marijuana, will be evaluated on the basis of the circumstance(s) of involvement, use, length of use, intent, and quantity of use.
    • Applicants who have used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement, prosecutorial position, or in a position which carries a high level of responsibility or public trust will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
  • Military Discharges and Selective Service Registration

    Applicants with military service must submit a copy of their most current military history form (DD-214 Member-4 Copy, or NGB-22) with the biographical questionnaire during the application process.

    Military service will be reviewed using the following guidelines:

    • Applicants who possess an honorable discharge will be eligible for further consideration.
    • Applicants who possess a general discharge under honorable conditions will be considered; however, all disciplinary action will be thoroughly investigated to determine whether the applicant is eligible for further consideration
    • Any applicant who possesses a dishonorable discharge or bad conduct discharge will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
    • Applicants who were discharged from military service for ineptitude, unsuitability, undesirability, or like causes will be grounds for disqualification.
    • Male applicants who failed to register for Selective Service within thirty (30) days of their 18th birthday will be disqualified and removed from the application process.
  • Traffic and Criminal Records

    The following shall be considered grounds for disqualification from the hiring process. The date used to determine the below disqualifications will be January 1 of the application year.

    • Being prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
    • Having been convicted two (2) or more times for DUI, DWI, or DUI (Drugs);
    • Having been convicted of one (1) DUI, DWI, or DUI (Drugs) within the past three (3) years.
    • Having been convicted of three (3) or more traffic violations, or a conviction of failing to maintain financial responsibility within the last 12 months, will disqualify the applicant for a period of three (3) years from the date of the last traffic violation or date of conviction for failing to maintain financial responsibility;
    • Having been convicted of six (6) or more traffic violations, or a conviction of failing to maintain financial responsibility within the last 24 months, will disqualify the applicant for three (3) years from the date of the last traffic violation conviction;
    • The applicant's driver license has been suspended for refusal to submit to a chemical test within the last ten years;
    • Applicants who are currently on probation for any traffic offense or have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked within the last thirty-six (36) months are ineligible and will be disqualified for a period of three (3) years from the date the probation was completed or date the suspension or revocation was lifted;
    • Currently delinquent or having been delinquent in child support payments within the last five (5) years as determined by a court or the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office;
    • Having been or currently on court-ordered supervision or probation for any felony or misdemeanor offense;
    • Having been convicted of any felony;
    • Having been convicted of a crime involving domestic abuse;
    • Currently being under indictment or criminal investigation;
    • Being prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
    • Having committed theft(s) while in a position of trust or in a pattern that shows habitual theft will disqualify the applicant;
  • Other Disqualifiers

    Applicants must be of good moral character and habits. An investigation will be made regarding character, habits, previous employment, or other matters necessary to satisfactorily establish good moral character, habits, honesty, truth, and veracity. Credit history and financial condition of the applicant will be reviewed. Credit history will not be a sole basis for disqualification.

    Applicants must answer truthfully and fully all questions asked of them. Any misrepresentation or omission of any material fact on the application, other department forms, during the background investigation, or in any phase of the selection process may disqualify the applicant.

    If an investigation discloses a willful misrepresentation, omission or falsification, the application will be rejected and the applicant may be disqualified from applying in the future.

    Having committed sufficient criminal activities to establish a pattern of disregard for the law will disqualify the applicant.

    Having committed any detected or undetected crime of a serious or aggravated nature will disqualify the applicant. This may include, but is not limited to, murder, manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, rape or any other sex crime, sexual assault, lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child, incest, and/or crimes against nature

    Commission of a detected or undetected serious crime as an adult, which constitutes a felony, domestic violence, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, repeated misdemeanor offenses, or a crime involving violence that occurred within 10 years prior to the submission of the application will disqualify the applicant.

    Any undetected crimes occurring beyond the ten (10) year period will be subject to further review.

    Having been involved with seditious movements, terrorist activities, or any efforts to violently overthrow the United States government will disqualify the applicant.

    Disciplinary action in prior employment, the military or educational institutions will be a basis for further evaluation. If applicants are disqualified for disciplinary actions, they cannot reapply within 1 year from the date they were disqualified.

    Other indications of criminal history will be individually evaluated.

  • UPDATED Tattoo / Body Art Policy

    I. Purpose:

    To establish standards for a professional appearance for sworn and non-sworn personnel, as well as patrol applicants.

    II. Policy:

    • Commissioned and non-commissioned Patrol personnel are highly visible representatives of the agency. Therefore, all OHP personnel shall be professional in their appearance while serving in uniform and non-uniform positions. All members shall ensure that existing body art conforms to this policy and that members shall not display body art, other than the exceptions contained herein, while wearing any version of an OHP uniform.
    • Nothing in this order compels the Department to employ any person whose body art fail to comply with department standards. The body art standards contained in this policy apply to all employees serving the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety. These same standards may be used to deny employment to an applicant for employment.
    • No member of the Patrol, commissioned or non-commissioned, shall display body art or intentional mutilations on their head, neck, face, arms, or hands except under the body art standards stated in this policy.

    III. Definitions:

    • Body Art – Tattoos, visible piercings, brands, intentional body mutilations, ornamentation, intentional scarring, or placing foreign objects under the skin for the purpose of creating a design, effect or pattern. This policy shall not apply to permanently-applied make up such as eyeliner, tinting or staining eyebrows or lips, provided the cosmetic art is natural in appearance.

    IV. Procedure:

    • Exposed body art or intentional mutilations are not permitted on the neck, face, head, hand, visible area of arms, or any area of the chest visible in any authorized uniform or attire other than the exceptions contained herein.

    Exceptions

    • Body art on exposed legs is only permitted when authorized in a training environment.
    • Body art that does not extend more than 2 inches below the bottom edge of an unaltered and unrolled sleeve cuff in a short sleeve uniform shirt of any class with the member’s arms positioned directly downward perpendicular to the ground.
      • Previously altered uniform sleeve lengths shall be in compliance with current uniform issuance standards.
    • No body art shall be created or exposed on a member’s hands with the exception of a single wedding band style tattoo of no more than 1 inch in width displayed on a single finger or any hand tattoos existing prior to December 1, 2019. No other body art may be visible or added to or upon the hands.
    • The final decision on whether a piece of body art violates this section shall lie with the Chief or his designee.
    • Commissioned members with non-conforming body art shall wear a long-sleeve seasonal uniform supplied by the Department. Members who receive additional body art after the effective date of this policy shall be required to purchase or reimburse the department the cost of the approved summer long sleeve class A and B uniform shirts in addition to any accompanying disciplinary action.
    • Non-commissioned members who are interacting with the public with non-conforming body art shall purchase and wear a long-sleeve seasonal uniform.
      • The only members required or permitted to wear a summer long sleeve uniform are those members whose body art is visible while wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt.
      • The uniform restrictions contained in this policy apply to all classes of departmental uniforms.
    • Nothing in this policy is to be construed as prohibiting body modifications necessitated by deformity, injury, medical or dental needs. Such needs may be reviewed by the Chief’s Office on a case by case basis.
    • Violations of this order may be grounds for discipline including discharge from employment.