Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Physical Agility Testing

Should there be different standards for women to pass the physical agility test compared to men?  The Constitution says that there should be equal protection under the law.  I think if you are going to give a physical agility test, then everyone, young, old, male, female should be held to the same standard.  The public we serve expects us to be able to do the job.  You can't discriminate against men by having them take a test that is scored to a higher standard. 

If you are going to do the same job under the same circumstances, then you need to be physically fit to the same standard.  Criminals will not hold back because an officer is small, or female, or old.  Tests should reasonably reflect what the job requires. 

I never do sit ups or push ups on the job.  Sometimes I do run a short distance.  Sometimes I have to climb a fence, or pull the trigger on a handgun.  I might have to use a baton on a suspect, and that's very physically demanding.  Make the test reflect real life police work and make everyone pass to the same standard, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

No Department (or Armed service) has the same standards for men and women (unless the standard has been dropped to accommodate woman).

We as a nation are more scared of being called sexist (when in fact we're being realistic)than we are scared of fielding unqualified officers.

Mike Creek said...

If it's okay for women to meet a certain standard of fitness,then it is okay for a man to be that fit.