Every single kid who dreams of becoming a cop one day has the idea of a uniformed individual chasing a bad guy in the streets. At such tender age, his impression of police work is much like his fancy for a superhero figure, action in the name of good. Well, that may be just a kid’s point of view. However, there is also much truth in that idea. Today, despite some abnormal cases of ill fitness, adults still tend to expect much from the police’s capabilities to catch suspects and fugitives in the name of peace and order. That, of course, entails a great deal of anticipation over the physical abilities required for the job.
The sad thing is that many people also have the impression of policemen, especially those in big cities, as obese officers who are more likely to be found in the donut shops during uneventful patrol hours. This notion is even made worse by civilian comments on cops who huffed and puffed running after suspects only to lose them in the end. The impression, being widespread enough, has hurt the police’s reputation more than the scandals that rarely happen. The obese policeman becomes an object of ridicule instead of being a symbol of public trust.
Physical fitness is indeed important for police work. The job may require some brilliant mind work for solving crimes but, when it comes to finally apprehending a suspect to give justice to victims, physical fitness is as important as the sleuthing abilities. Good police work is not just about investigation, it is also about putting the criminals behind bars.
In the police academy, trainees are given hours of physical fitness programs daily. The obvious reason behind that is to ensure that they are capable of meeting the demands of a physically strenuous job. Aside from the normal aerobic and anaerobic routines, which develop flexibility and strength, they are also made to run and deal with various obstacles in the field. With a fit body, they can easily do their training also in the fighting skills such as hand-to-hand combat.
Policemen must ensure that they maintain a fit and healthy body even long after their academy days. As they age, the stress of the job can also become more heavy and demanding. Aside from the physical requirements to do effective police work, a fit body can also aid a policeman in having a good mental and emotional condition. Being fit gives them self-confidence, a necessity when dealing with people.
For the public to trust its police force, it is necessary that law enforcers are physically and mentally fit. In fact, maintaining a physically fit body is imperative and part of the disciplines that each police officer must follow. That can be done by making sure that, despite the irregular work hours; they can still find time to go to the gym for workouts. They must always put in mind that with a fit physique, they can gain respect from civilians.