JPD Tests New Recruits
A number of applicants to become police officers in the Hub City went through a rigorous fitness test, Friday. 50 applicants who want to serve and protect were tested for their physical fitness as part of the application process. Should the applicants be hired, they will have to pass a similar test at the police department. Department leaders said it is important that officers are in top physical condition. “(A) street officer one minute can be riding in a car, the next minute they are in a foot pursuit through a neighborhood jumping fences and it is necessary that these guys be in this kind of conditioning, said Lt. Mike Landreth of the Jackson Police Department. “At this day and time, we feel that it is necessary that we have a more physically fit officer. It is a benefit to the department and the community to have a more physically fit officer.” The number of new officers to be hired will depend on how many retirements and resignations there are in the department during the upcoming months.