Physical Requirements to Help Our Team
The job of a corrections officer can be physically demanding. Circumstances may arise that need both quick thinking and steady nerves. Other situations may need physical quickness, strength, and dexterity.
At the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), we have strong physical requirements. Before they graduate from the Academy, each corrections officer candidate must complete the Physical Fitness Assessment Final Exam.
The exam consists of the following components:
- Vertical Jump at least 13.5 Inches
- Bench Press 63% or more of body weight for at least 1 repetition
- Perform 23 maximum sit-ups within 1 minute
- Run 300 meters in 67 seconds or less
- Perform 11 maximum untimed pushups
- Run 1.5 miles in 19:53 or less
These demanding qualifications are in place because they provide a basic fitness framework. Being fit means that our corrections staff is ready to handle difficult circumstances. They are prepared to handle an altercation between inmates or a more significant physical uprising. Staying physically fit protects the safety of our staff members and the inmate population.
Staying physically fit protects the safety of our staff members and the inmate population.
Are you ready to serve your community? Can you meet the physical requirements listed above? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” and you have at least a high school level education, a career with MDC may be a perfect fit. We place tough demands on our corrections recruits and staff members. Individuals who make the grade are rewarded with a secure job with steady pay. And real opportunities for advancement.