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Physical Fitness for Students


The Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) has established certain physical fitness requirements for acceptance into and continued participation in the Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course. Many years of considerable discussion and debate has generated much confusion and in some instances, scorn, over physical fitness requirements.

The physical abilities test used by the MLEA is the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT). MPAT is a hybrid physical ability/job sample physical abilities assessment process designed to evaluate law enforcement officer candidates on essential physical capacities required to satisfactorily perform job duties that are simulated or performed in the training environment.

The physical fitness tests are designed to measure the strength, flexibility and endurance law enforcement officers need to participate in and successfully complete those areas of training that require physical exertion.

Law Enforcement Officer Basic – Physical Fitness Testing Schedule

MLEA users can check for a complete list of courses available through the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. For more information, contact MLEA Physical Fitness Proctor, Jeff Douglass at (406) 444-9953, 202-5720 or 439-2411.