LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — Saying that you want to be a police officer is one thing, but actually becoming one is definitively no easy task.
“Physical fitness is a huge part of being a law enforcement officer,” said Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan. “Obviously we want people that are well-rounded, but physical fitness is an integral part of it. They have to be able to handle a situation, handle themselves, protect themselves, and citizens as well.”
The physique of 30 aspiring Greenbrier County deputies were put to the test on February 24, 2018 at Greenbrier East High School. The test encompasses requires 18 push-ups, 28 bent-leg sit-ups each within one minute and a 1.5 mile run within 14 minutes, 36 seconds. These standards were set by the West Virginia Law Enforcement Training Committee.
“They have varied slightly over the years, up or down, one way or another,” Sloan said. “Law enforcement agencies abide by those.”
White Sulfur Springs Police Department patrolman Zackary Hudnall was one of seventeen that made the cut, blazing through the mile-and-a-half in 10 minutes and 48 seconds. For those wanting to join the force, but unsure of where to start, the recent West Virginia State Police Academy graduate advises to start with the little things, even while you’re staring at a screen.
“Anything you watch on TV, typically your programs are roughly 45 minutes long, not counting the commercials,” Hudnall said. “If all you did was workout during the commercials, you have just worked out longer than I did today on my PT test.”
The 19 trainees that passed will take a written civil services test the following Saturday.