Riverside Police Department

How to Prepare for Testing


The pre-academy will be held on weekdays and will take place in the two weeks immediately prior to the Academy start date.  The dress code for the pre-academy will be business casual unless you are scheduled for a uniform inspection.  Guidelines are provided for a physical fitness routine that you should start as soon as possible as you will be required to meet these standards on the first day of the pre-academy.  You should also start a healthy diet and drink plenty of water if you don’t already do so. 


The importance of physical fitness preparation prior to the Academy cannot be stressed enough.  The Pre-Academy and Academy are very physically and mentally challenging.  In order to achieve favorable results preparation is necessary. To assist you in meeting the physical demands and maximize your opportunity to successfully complete the Pre-Academy and Academy, while minimizing the probability that you will be injured, we offer a series of minimum entry standards. These minimum entry standards were created to assist you in your preparation. Your ability to complete these minimum standards will ensure that you have the basic foundation necessary to succeed in the Pre-Academy and Academy.

At the beginning of the Pre-Academy our recruits must be minimally capable of passing the Riverside Police Agility test and comfortably completing this regimen:  


  • 4 - 5 times per week for 15 - 20 miles per week,
  • 4 consecutive miles at a minimum of 10 minute mile pace,
  • 1 1/2 miles in 12 minutes or less.


  • 4 sets of 20 with one minute break between sets,
  • 30 consecutive push-ups within one minute.


  • 4 sets of 20 with one minute break between sets,
  • 30 consecutive sit-ups within one minute.


  • 5 unassisted/assisted.


  • 5 unassisted/assisted.
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