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Lessons From a Voluntary Fitness Program

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 58 Issue: 4 Dated: April 2010 Pages: 58-61
Gary Hoelzer
Date Published
April 2010
4 pages
This article outlines the key components in implementing a police fitness program and lessons learned from the Town and Country, MO Police Department's voluntary fitness program implementation.
It is essential that police officers across the country maintain a high level of fitness and readiness. In recognition of this need, the Town and Country Police Department located in Missouri began a fitness program in 1992. Key components essential when considering the implementation of a police fitness program and outlined in this article through the eyes of the Town and Country Police Department include: mandatory versus voluntary participation, program orientation (fitness versus job task), instructor selection, workout facilities, on-duty time, health screens, and the use of incentives. Years of shift work, rotating schedules, and spending 8 to 12 hours in a patrol car can take a toll on an officer's body. These are reminders that a police officer must maintain top physical condition to safely protect the public it serves.