A Sheriff’s office in Kansas is now taking gender and age into account when determining a fitness test applicant’s level of physical fitness.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has overhauled its former PT tests, which consisted of an obstacle course, a 1.5 mile timed run and pulling a weighted dummy.
“Our past tests for either deputy sheriff or the detention involved some obstacle courses where we had no really scientific basis as what we were measuring,” said Sgt. David Hein with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
Hein said that the new tests are a proven method for testing the overall fitness level of an applicant and are used by law enforcement agencies all over the country.
The “new” test -in which each applicant must score above a mere 20% to gain academy entry status- requires a varying number of push-ups and sit-ups completed in a minute, the Illinois agility trial and a cardiovascular endurance test.
More controversially, each student is awarded different scores based on age and gender.
“A female has to work harder than a male in some capacity. Their heart’s not as big, their lungs aren’t as big and so we are able to adjust for that in the calculations,” said Lt. Brad Hoch.
According to KSN, both Hein and Hoch think the new system will work and allow the agency to get a good measurement on what type of people can best serve the department.
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