This paper will examine the importance of physical fitness in the realm of law enforcement. It will look at the problems associated with unhealthiness and in particular how this affects the job performance of police officers. It will consider what different states and agencies, such as the FBI, require for their officers. Finally, it will make recommendations for implementing a continuing fitness program for officers during their career. The primary purpose was to present ideas on how to implement a program that would continuously require officers to maintain their health and fitness. This purpose was accomplished primarily by Internet research. Various standards of different states and agencies were compared.
A police officer must be able to protect the public as they have sworn under oath to serve and protect. If they are not in good shape they will not be able to handle many situations such as having to chase a suspect on foot that they believe has committed a crime. Once they are able to capture the suspect they then have to restrain this person. Not only will they have to use their physical strength, they must also be able to withstand the stressful and dangerous situation that they are in.
In the public eye when a citizen sees a police officer on the street, this officer represents and is a symbol of the entire force. A trim and fit officer can send the right message to the community and this includes criminals also. The overweight donut-munching stereotype may soon become a thing of the past if proper programs are implemented to stress the importance of physical fitness among law enforcement officers and that emphasizes continuing physical fitness throughout an officer's career.
Physical Fitness and Law Enforcement