TASMANIA Police's recruits face an uphill task to pass fitness requirements, with 20 per cent failure rate.
In some areas the test is even tougher than the entry requirements for Australia's armed forces.
Before getting a badge, Tasmania Police recruits undergo physical fitness testing at the Police Academy in Rokeby.
The testing is contracted out to a Hobart-based fitness outfit.
Perhaps surprisingly female recruits are only required to complete six push-ups, 14 less than their male counterparts.
But if you think it all sounds a bit easy, keep in mind it's tougher than the push-up tests for those wanting to join the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Airforce and the Navy.
Doug Rossiter, officer in charge of recruit training services at the academy, said there was a 15 to 20 per cent failure rate for the fitness test. Recruits are rewarded in their assessment if they improve their fitness while at the academy but are not required to pass another fitness test.
The eight-kilometre dash to a hill in Rokeby, which formed part of the fitness test 20 years ago, is a thing of the past.
``We've shaped it more so they have a base level of fitness and more importantly they're encouraged to maintain their active healthy lifestyle, that's really what the whole program is about ,'' Officer Rossiter said.
Nevertheless, he said, the entry test was still reasonably demanding.
``They don't tend to turn up unless they believe they are fit enough,'' he said.
Recruit Michael Grenda, of Launceston, said it was a matter of coming prepared.
``It's just something if you train for it, it's certainly achievable . . . but you do need to work and train for it,'' he said.
Launceston personal instructor Mark Connelly believed the police force would benefit if officers were regularly tested for fitness throughout their careers but a police spokeswoman said this was not being considered.
Ongoing fitness requirements are in place for specialist squads such as Marine, Search and Rescue and Special Operations Group.