Vol. 19, Broj 1, December 2023.



Radivoje Janković
University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies, Belgrade, Serbia

Original scientific article


         This study examines the relationship between basic physical abilities (BPA) and specific physical abilities (SPA), particularly focusing on the obstacle course for specific agility of police officers. The study involved 358 students from the University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies in Belgrade, Serbia. A variety of tests assessed BPA, including maximal isometric force of hand finger flexors, one-repetition maximum bench press, standing long jump, sit-ups, linear running speed, the Illinois agility test, and anaerobic and aerobic endurance. Results indicated a significant correlation between these basic and specific physical abilities, as measured through the obstacle course. The study suggests that physical readiness significantly influences the performance of police-specific tasks. It underscores the importance of continuous development and assessment of both BPA and SPA, tailored to professional requirements in policing. These findings emphasize the need to consider enhancements to test batteries for assessing physical abilities at the situational level of Specialized Physical Education. They underscore the need for continuous improvements in training and testing methodologies, with the aim of further developing the professional competencies of future police officers.

Key words: students, police training, physical fitness assessment, law enforcement education

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Received: 3.10.2023.
Approved: 27.11.2023.

PhD, associate professor Radivoje Janković
University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies, Belgrade, Serbia