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Fit to serve? Many metro law enforcement officers aren’t re-tested for agility, investigation finds

Are members of Georgia’s law enforcement agencies physically fit to serve?

Channel 2 Action News started digging into the issue and found that many law enforcement agencies in the state no longer hold annual physical agility tests.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Sophia Choi started asking why, and how that could impact your safety.

She caught up with Coweta County Sheriff’s deputy recruit Skyler Hildebrand as he practiced for the test required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council – or POST – which is the governing body for all Georgia law enforcement officers.

Hildebrand had two minutes and six seconds to make it through an obstacle course that is part of POST’s agility test, which is the first test for all recruits.

It’s so important, POST says if you don’t pass it, you don’t get into the academy.

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“They’re the tasks that are consistent with what an officer may have to perform,” Chris Harvey with POST said about the agility test.

But Channel 2 Action News has found that once a recruit becomes an officer many are never tested again.

We contacted more than a dozen metro area police departments and sheriff’s offices, including large jurisdictions like Atlanta, Gwinnett, and DeKalb.

None of the departments we contacted, except for Coweta County, said they hold mandatory, yearly agility tests.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia, where recruits take the official test, estimates about two-thirds of the state’s law enforcement agencies no longer hold yearly exams.

“I think people’s lives change; habits change. And I think if you don’t do it annually, you just don’t have a measure of where that officer might be in a year, two years, three years,” said Ara Baronian with the

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Manchester Township Police Finish Second Place at Manalapan Fitness Competition

MANCHESTER, NJ – Manchester Township Police officers earned the second-place position at the recently held Second Annual Manalapan Township Fitness Competition, a physically demanding event that brought together multiple first responder teams to vie for the title of “The Fittest Agency.”

Officers Kamar Gainey, Brendan Brush, Connor Maliff, and Lorenzo Jorge represented Manchester Township in the competition. The event consisted of a challenging course filled with various functional training exercises that tested the teams’ physical prowess and teamwork.

The Manchester Police Department extended their congratulations to the Stafford Township Police Department, who secured the first-place title. In a jovial social media post, Manchester Police said, “Also, congratulations to the Stafford Township Police Department on your victory in this challenge! As you hang up that trophy, please take care not to let your patrol whistle and sam brown suffer any unexpected scuffs or scrapes 😬.”

The event not only provided a platform to test the physical fitness and preparedness of first responder teams but also encouraged camaraderie and sportsmanship among the participating agencies.

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