Spanish Fort Police Department begins physical testing for officers
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – It may not sound like a title, but there are no general requirements for police departments for officers to maintain a certain level of fitness.
“The officers as they go through the academy, they are required to do push-ups, sit-ups and a run. It’s something they have to do and prove that they can get into the police force. However, in the area of law enforcement, we don’t maintain any standards after the fact, ”said Chief John Barber. He started the Mobile program a few years ago and took it across the bay with him.
The test consists of maximum board hold, maximum push-up reps in one minute, and a 1.5 mile run. This is not punitive – officers will not be fired or penalized for not “passing”, but there is a grading system based on age and gender. The dashboard is hung on the department wall.
Lieutenant Heath Gilmore embraced the wellness program. Chief Barber briefed officers on the test plan in the spring of 2021 when he joined the department last year.
“Being healthier overall means less time you’re going to call sick, things of that nature, so it’s better for you, especially with what we’re doing,” said Gilmore, who has lost over 40 pounds in. preparing for the test.