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The CHIP Card enables candidates to take the required Physical Ability Assessment and apply to multiple police departments.

The Physical Ability Assessment is a standardized test used by nearly all Connecticut Police Departments.  The standards are based on the Cooper norms adopted by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council of the State of Connecticut. 

In order to become a police officer in the State of Connecticut, candidates must pass the Physical Ability Assessment by meeting the standard for all four components of the test:

  • Muscular endurance
  • Anaerobic power
  • Absolute strength
  • Cardiovascular capacity

When an applicant successfully completes the physical ability test, he or she will receive a certified results. The CHIP results are valid for six months from the original assessment date and allows a recruit to apply for a job with any participating CHIP police department, without taking the Physical Ability Assessment again.