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Do You Have What It Takes To Be an ACPD Officer?

The Arlington County Police Department is recruiting for a new class of police academy candidates.

Before you get out your resume, however, you should be aware that the application process is a bit more rigorous than that of your average post-collegiate job.

Among the tests you’ll have to pass:

  • Human relations test
  • Character/background investigation
  • Panel interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Stress test
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Drug testing
  • Medical examination
  • Physical abilities test

The department recently released a YouTube video that details what candidates will have to do to pass the physical abilities test. Among the requirements: being able to rack the slide and pull the trigger of a .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun 13 times in 26 seconds.



Sound easy? Take a look at this elaborately-produced, three year old video of a not-so-typical day in the life of an Arlington police officer and see if you still got what it takes.

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