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Officers in 22 Local Police Departments Face New Fitness Test

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - While taking a fitness test is now optional for St. Louis City police officers, who get bonuses for taking and passing it, officers in 22 other area departments are now taking a new test designed over the course of two years.

The process has yielded a test that Frontenac Chief Tom Becker believes is more tailored to the task than the old mile runs, sit-ups and push-ups.

“If you’re in a foot pursuit, you’re not going to stop and do a few push-ups,” he says.

Instead, you might jump fences, weave through obstacles or have to drag a victim or fellow officer.

“We should set and example, and make sure that our officers are physically fit enough that they can take care of themselves, their fellow officers, andmost importantlythe citizens we serve,” Becker says.

After completing the course in just over a minute, Bellefontaine Neighbors Sgt. Warren Willis called it tough.

“I don’t get enough time running, and it’s kind of hard to commit yourself to that every day,” he says. “Running is always the biggest challenge, even out on the streets.”

For now, officers who don’t complete the course in just over two minutes have three years to make it. After that, they’ll have to pass it every year.

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