The Physical Training and Tactics Department prepares recruits for the physical rigors of police work and tactically prepares them for the dangers they may encounter. The training includes extensive training in calisthenics, defensive tactics, straight baton, expandable baton, frisking and cuffing, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and water safety skills.
These skills are further reinforced in interactive exercises that prepare recruits to combine multiple skills in simulated police encounters. Examples of such sessions are the Car Stop Workshop, a three-day workshop conducted at Floyd Bennett Field, and Field Encounters, a workshop conducted in the main gymnasium that incorporates physical exertion with scenario-based training.
Physical and nutritional guidance are provided to recruit officers during their training by staff members who are certified as Law Enforcement Fitness Specialists from the Cooper Institute.