Should public safety officers be in good physical and mental condition?

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office requires a physical fitness obstacle course, the department believes this kind of training is vital.

Jokes aside, I know, I am short, fat and couldn’t catch a squirrel stuck in a peanut can, but I expect more out of our police officers.

Does the SFPD have a physical and mental test of officers each year?

I remember when Dr. Kermit Staggers was on the city council, and he asked then Chief Barthel if the police officers had any physical requirements. A stunned Barthel says, “They have to be able to perform their duties.”


I have literally seen SFPD officers step out of their vehicles and the vehicle bounces back in retraction from the weight being lifted.

Don’t judge. I have advocated on this blog and to city councilors that all patrol officers should get paid at least 4 hours a week for gym and physical fitness time and any other tools to keep them in shape. I believe officers and any city employee is a taxpayer investment and we should give them whatever they need to be successful. I want our officers to be of sharp mind and sharp body. It is not only an investment for citizens and our safety, it is an investment in their lives and families and that really has no price-tag.

6 Thoughts on “Maybe the Sioux Falls Police Department should take up a program like this?

  1. There should be a annual minimum physical ability test for cops.

    There’s nothing wrong with them having to demonstrate they are physically capable of doing the job they’re being paid to do.

  2. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on September 20, 2022 at 1:03 pm said:

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch… Well, actually there is.

  3. I was surprised to find that SFPD requires nothing of their officers to maintain any degree of physical shape. (Check out firemen. You never see any physical slobs in thier department.) Not so at the SFPD. I also saw three police officers at McDonalds a few days ago. Two of the three officers were so obese, they had to back into and then ‘plop’ into the seat of the patrol car. Shameful to see!

  4. Further Fear & Loathing on September 21, 2022 at 3:35 pm said:

    That’s what’s nice about a mannequin challenge, you don’t have to move.

  5. Obviously you don’t hire people. The talent pool is a bit shallow in al sectors. If you watch the news much, why the hell would anyone want to be a cop right now.

  6. Fearing the Fuhrer & More on September 24, 2022 at 12:54 pm said:

    Like Putin, maybe the Mayor will need to call up reservists… So, maybe it’s finally time to head to Sioux City.

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