Police Officer Trainee Fitness/Wellness Program Summary
Prior to the Start of the Academy
The Training Academy Staff strongly suggests that each trainee arrive at the academy in good physical condition. Although each trainee must pass a physical fitness test during the hiring process, the MNPD Training Division Trainee Operations Staff suggest each potential trainee should begin or continue a regimented physical training program. In order to meet the daily demands of physical training, each trainee should strive to, at a minimum, be able to complete the following upon entry into the Metropolitan Police Training Academy:
- 30 consecutive correct push-ups
- 40 consecutive correct sit-ups
- Run 2 miles continuously in 18 minutes or less (outdoors in various temperatures & terrain)
Although trainees are only required to run a mile and half on the test, this in no way should suggest that is the longest distance we will run as a group. Physical Fitness is a critical component for Law Enforcement Officers and one way to prepare for the high demands of the Metropolitan Police Training Academy is to arrive in peak physical condition.
Purpose of the Fitness and Wellness Program
The Fitness and Wellness Program is designed to ensure that, upon successful completion of the police training program, each trainee has gained an increased awareness of the positive benefits of exercise and its importance as a basic component for a successful career in law enforcement. Fitness is one of the four guiding principles of the Metro Police Training Academy. All members of the Nashville Police Department should maintain a level of physical fitness not only to benefit them personally but to assist them in safely carrying out their duties. The health benefits from an active lifestyle, which includes physical activity and healthy lifestyle, will increase productivity, optimize health, and decrease absenteeism while maintaining a higher level of readiness and fitness for duty.
Goal of the Fitness and Wellness Program
The goal of the Fitness and Wellness Program is to motivate trainees and officers to continue a personal physical conditioning program that emphasizes total fitness, to include proper aerobic conditioning, job performance related strength and conditioning, strength/flexibility training, and a healthy diet and lifestyle throughout their careers. All trainees and officers will be made aware of the multiple benefits of a healthy lifestyle not just in their own personal quality of life but how it will enhance their professional performance and increase the quality of life in our community.
The MNPD Training Academy requires that upon entry into the police training program, each trainee is required to fully participate in the physical fitness and wellness program. The standards include:
- Participation: All trainees are required to fully participate in all aspects of physical training, including maintaining the level of the overall group during group training. This is measured by instructor observation during physical fitness training and physical fitness tests.
- Fitness Test 1: All trainees are required to complete all aspects of the test.
- Fitness Test 2: All trainees are required complete all aspects of the test and to demonstrate improvement in each area.
- Final Fitness Test: All trainees are required to complete all aspects of the test and should demonstrate improvement in each area. In addition the trainee must score a minimum of 18.75 points on each of the four Physical Fitness Test Battery (PFTB) tests. Performance below the level required in any event is substandard and may result in failure of the PFTB and dismissal from the program.
This is measured by instructor observation during the fitness and wellness events, including group activities. Counseling is conducted for those who are unwilling, unable, or fail to participate and maintain the level of the overall group during group training. Failure to successfully complete the required fitness and wellness program can be grounds for dismissal from the training program.
Physical Fitness Test Battery
Essential to a comprehensive physical fitness and wellness program is an evaluation and monitoring process. Early in the training program, an initial fitness test is conducted and scores assigned. Over the course of the training program, at least two more formal tests will be conducted. This course is titled the Physical Fitness Test Battery and includes the following four skill areas:
- One Minute Sit-Ups
- One-Minute Push-Ups
- 300-Meter Run
- 1.5-Mile Run/Walk
Each trainee receives an evaluation score/rating for each area based upon the Physical Fitness Test Battery Scoring Chart.
These tests are conducted throughout the training program to monitor the individual improvement of each trainee. Each trainee must fully participate and, where possible, demonstrate a pattern of continuing improvement in each measured skill/area. Trainees who fail to fully participate, fail to maintain the level of the overall group during group training, or fail to demonstrate a pattern of improvement may be subject to counseling or dismissal from the training program.
The goal of the fitness and wellness program is threefold:
- Each Trainee will successfully meet the minimum standards on the PFTB tests.
- To strengthen the core of the body and support the techniques and job specific related performance activities through a circuit that develops muscle memory, strength, muscle and cardiovascular endurance.
- Develop systemic changes to an individual’s perspective on physical fitness training and wellness so that the individual is inspired to continue a fitness and wellness regimen after successful completion of the training program.