Allen County Sheriffs Hit the Gym

By Max Resnik

Allen County Sheriffs Hit the Gym

February 19, 2011 Updated Feb 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – So what does it really take to be a member of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department? Today some applicants hit the gym to find out exactly that.

About 180 applicants ran, leaped, and did push-ups and sit-ups today to prove their physical stamina to get one step closer to becoming a police officer. It’s part of a grueling process to earn the badge.

In addition to the physical exam, applicants must also complete a written exam, psychological exam, polygraph test, drug screen and a background check.

Sheriff Ken Fries says the days of officers portrayed as coffee and donut eaters are long gone. He says he needs fit, smart officers in his department, and they’ll only accept the best.

Tryouts included completing a 1.5-mile run in less than 16 minutes and 28 seconds. They also must be able to do a minimum of 25 push-ups in one minute, 29 sit-ups in one minute and have a minimum 16-inch vertical leap.

When it comes to being a fit officer Fries says, “Typically a police officer dies five years after retirement because of the stress, because of everything we have to go through. So, I'm hoping if they're in a little better shape throughout their career, they'll be able to live a little longer after they retire.”

Fries says they’ll still have their coffee and donuts. They plan to burn them off as well.




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