Physical Abilities Test Required to Become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff

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Orange County

Partnering with his wife, Dr. Jorge Galindo began his private practice as a marriage, family, and child therapist in 2000. In addition to working as a therapist, Dr. Jorge Galindo is an academy-trained reserve deputy sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

To become a reserve deputy sheriff in Orange County, volunteers receive rigorous training, including a physical abilities test (PAT). The test, which is both timed and scored, consists of four events designed to mimic the physical demands that might be required of a deputy sheriff on the job.

The events in the PAT include a strenuous obstacle course, which incorporates hurdles, running, balance beam, sit-ups, and push-ups. The other three events consist of a 440-yard flat run, a pass-fail semiautomatic weapon trigger-pull challenge, and a dummy drag that involves dragging a dummy weighing 165 pounds for 15 feet.

The PAT is a requirement to become a reserve deputy sheriff, however, if a candidate fails the test, he or she may be retested at a later time.