POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: What does the La Mesa Police Department physical abilities test consist of?
The La Mesa Police Department’s Physical Abilities Test is a timed test which simulates a suspect chase. The total distance of the course is approximately 500 yards and includes several obstacles. The obstacles include climbing up and down horizontal bars, moving up and down stairs, and going over a three foot, four foot, and six foot wall. The candidate will also be required to lift a 155 pound dummy and drag it a moderate distance. The candidate will have three and a half minutes to complete the course. The test is pass/fail. If the candidate does not pass the test the first time, they will be given one additional opportunity when all other applicants are finished with the testing. Candidates must pass the physical abilities test before beginning the background process. The candidate must sign a liability waiver prior to participating in the Physical Abilities Test. Candidates are encouraged to arrive early and warm up prior to testing.

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1. What job opportunities are currently available at the City of La Mesa?
2. How do I apply for a position?
3. Can I submit a printed application?
4. Can I submit a resume in lieu of an application and/or supplemental application?
5. Will a pre-employment physical, drug screen and background check be required?
6. When will the test and interview take place?
7. How do I sign-up to be notified of future job openings?
8. How current must my DMV Report be?
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10. How current must my Typing Certificate be?
11. I recently tested for a position and was not hired. When may I reapply?
12. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: When are the Entry-Level Police Officer Test Dates?
13. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: How long does the La Mesa Police Department background process take?
14. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: What does the La Mesa Police Department physical abilities test consist of?
15. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: How do I prepare for the POST written exam?
16. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: I was recently disqualified for a Police Department position. When may I reapply?
17. POLICE POSITIONS ONLY: What is the minimum age to apply for a Police Officer position?