JJC Offers P.O.W.E.R. Testing for Future, Returning Police Officers

Future or returning police officers in the Chicagoland area can take the first step in preparing for their career in law enforcement by taking the P.O.W.E.R. test at Joliet Junior College. According to JJC P.O.W.E.R. Test Administrator Janet Graham, the P.O.W.E.R. test, or Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, is fast, efficient and effective at JJC. Conveniently located near I-80, I-55, and I-355, future or returning police officers can take the test year round at JJC’s Wellness Center. The cost of the test is $45.

Luke Somogye of Orland Park does the sit-and-reach during a POWER test. JJC Cooper Master Fitness Specialist certified instructor Ryan Harris is also pictured.

The P.O.W.E.R. test is a physical exam that requires applicants to perform the sit-and-reach, sit-ups, bench press, and a 1.5 mile run. There are different requirements for each exercise depending on the age and gender of the applicant.

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If an applicant passes the P.O.W.E.R. test, they will receive their P.O.W.E.R. card immediately upon completion. The P.O.W.E.R. test is the State of Illinois certified pre-employment test that all officers must take and pass before they are allowed to attend any Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Illinois.

While JJC has offered P.O.W.E.R. testing on campus for the past 25 years, this year it has become more popular than ever, with more than 250 people taking the test in March 2015.

Graham said she thinks more police candidates are taking the P.O.W.E.R. test at JJC because more police departments are recommending the college due to its efficiency and flexible staff that are willing to work around a candidate’s schedule.

JJC has three Cooper Master Fitness Specialist certified instructors on staff, including Graham, Ryan Harris and Mary Dalton. They have all been qualified through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

“With the P.O.W.E.R. test, we’re providing a community service to those police candidates who are also looking to serve the community,” Graham said.

Those who have tested at JJC have gone on to work at more than 100 different law enforcement offices in the state.  Because of JJC’s location, Graham said applicants have come from across the entire state and even as far as California and Texas.

To sign up for a P.O.W.E.R. test, applicants must visit http://www.jjc.edu/fitness-center/Pages/power-testing.aspx, or contact Graham at 815-280-2674 or jgraham@jjc.edu. Applicants can also find out more information about the POWER test at JJC from their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JJCPOWERTESTING.

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