Recent cadets/graduates of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy Florida

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    Recent cadets/graduates of Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy Florida

    Well, I have been mulling it over for the past year and have even asked questions here, and other places, as to whether I should even bother trying to become a LEO.

    I have decided to at least give it a try.

    If I succeed in getting the money to go I will attend Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Midway/Quincy, Florida.

    Most of my questions have been answered by the several LEO friends I have, except for one or two that I have yet to really discuss with them.

    What exactly are the physical agility requirements?

    It has been many years since my military days. I am older, pretty much out of shape, and I would like to know exactly what I am going to have to do as to physical fitness testing.

    Please, if you did not attend Pat Thomas, do not give "opinion" answers that are speculation or that do not apply to Florida Law Enforcement testing.
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    Talking to the PD or SO you want to get hired at would be the best place to start. More then likely if hired they will pay for your academy, which would save you the 3 grand Pat Thomas wants. Plus, the academy cert is usually only good for a year, so if you don't get hired right out of the academy you might have to go again at least for a refresher course.

    Granted, I have not been to this academy, but the Florida PAT looks like this:

    -Complete a 1.5 mile run in 18 minutes or less
    -Complete at least 15 push-ups in one minute
    -Complete at least 25 sit-ups in one minute
    -Leap vertically at least 12 inches above their reach
    -Run 300 meters in 75 seconds or less

    I would say you would want to double the pushups, add at least 10 situps, shave about 6 mins off the 1.5 and about 15 seconds (at least) off the 300. Also, I am not sure how Florida works, but around here they send you to the academy after you get hired. If you are really curious about how it works, email the admin at Pat Thomas, or talk to the department you are looking at. They will be able to give you the exact advice you are looking for.
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    TallyXD, you're on TGF also, right?

    I'm in Pat Thomas now, graduating in a couple of months. Send me an IM on TGF and I'll answer all the questions you might have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanilla_gorilla View Post
    TallyXD, you're on TGF also, right?

    I'm in Pat Thomas now, graduating in a couple of months. Send me an IM on TGF and I'll answer all the questions you might have.
    Yup!! PM inbound . . .
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