Saturday, March 14, 2009
Four CPD Recruits Failed Power Test
New police recruits went through less-than-rigorous fitness tests last week while Supt. Jody Weis -- the department's No. 1 exercise advocate -- looked on.
Four of the 50 recruits flunked.
"It is essential that recruits begin the academy with a minimum level of physical fitness to ensure safe and successful participation in training," said a statement the department released Friday.
Under the state's POWER test, short for Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, a man in his 20s must do 37 sit-ups in a minute and run 1.5 miles in 13:46 while a woman in her 20s must do 31 sit-ups and run the same distance in 16:21. The test also includes bench pressing and a sit-and-reach evaluation.
Sources said Thursday's failures were not unusual: several recruits typically fail in each class. What's different is that unlike previous classes, those who flunked Thursday were given the option of resigning or getting in shape for the next class. In the past, recruits were simply fired.
Also for the first time, the POWER test was videotaped for legal reasons.
Last May, Weis' spokeswoman said the city was pushing for mandatory fitness tests for officers. Failing officers would get paired with trainers and have special diets. The proposal was part of ongoing contract negotiations with the police union.
The problem with any kind of testing on this job is the clout factor. I talked to a person who worked at the academy for a few years he talked about a Marine that missed a sit up and they fired him from the academy. What if a recruit accidentally fired his gun in the academy but has clout and nothing happens. Is that Fair ?
There are double standards if you have clout on this job.