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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 all Connecticut Police Departments, following standards set 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 CHIP Card. The CHIP Card is 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.