Deputies May Lose Jobs After Failing Fitness Test

Deputies May Lose Jobs After Failing Fitness Test

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- At least 20 Davis County Sheriff's deputies may lose their job after failing a mandatory fitness test.

Officers who failed the test have 90 days to try and pass. If failed again, they can have another three months to pass. After that, they will lose their job.

Officers have had five years to prepare for the test. Some officers have expressed concerns the test might be too difficult for some, especially the aged or injured.

The requirements include: 30 sit-ups in one minute, 25 push-ups, 13-inch vertical jump, bench press 70 percent of body weight and run a mile and a half in 16 minutes.

Most who failed were within inches or seconds of passing, including a deputy who had a lung removed because of cancer. Still, Chief Deputy Kevin McLeod estimates five or six deputies may ultimately fail the test or quit because of it.

Mandatory fitness tests have caused controversy in other parts of the state.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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