On Monday, the Gulfport Police Department announced all officers will soon have to pass tests to prove they’re in good enough physical condition for the job. But 10 News found out other Tampa Bay area agencies have no fitness requirements at all.
Gulfport Chief Rob Vincent says fitness testing is the only way to give the public confidence his cops can really serve and protect.
“It’s what people expect,” he explained.
Starting next year, officers will be timed on a 220 yard run, must complete an obstacle course, followed by dragging a 150 lb. object for 100 feet, then repeat the obstacle course and run.