Based on the attached video and this week’s assigned readings, discuss the importance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle as a law enforcement officer. In your discussion, address the following:
- Why is physical fitness important in a police officer’s development and subsequent career?
- What restrictions in training objectives would an overweight police officer encounter in weaponless self-defense and martial arts training within a police academy?
- What regulations are imposed on police agencies with regard to physical fitness requirements after completion of initial training?
- What civil liability, if any, does the agency face if an officer does not maintain a level of physical fitness required of a situation where significant injury or death occurs to a civilian or fellow officer as a direct result of the officer’s level of fitness?