Top Cop Competition Takes Place Today

Posted: October 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Police officers from across Virginia are on the Fairfax Campus today competing in the second annual Top Cop program, a voluntary event that challenges incumbent police officers to develop healthy lifestyles and rewards those who excel in physical fitness. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the Field House. David Bever, Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, created the program last year in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Top Cop uses a point system to measure fitness levels based on age and gender norms. The competition features an agility course, one-minute timed sit-ups, pull-ups to failure, one-repetition maximum bench press, a sit-and-reach flexibility test, and a 1.5-mile run.

The competition is conducted at locations across the state, making it more convenient for local officers. Five universities serve as host institutions during October. Virginia Tech University and James Madison University have already hosted Top Cop, and the event will be held at the University of Richmond on Oct. 19 and Norfolk State University on Oct. 25.

The male and female officers named Top Cops will receive state recognition as the most fit officers in Virginia. They receive a framed certificate, $1,000 cash provided by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute, and miscellaneous items, such as a golf shirt, hat, and athletic shoes. Prizes will also be awarded to those finishing in the top 30 percent of their gender and age group, and to the winners of the five regional sites.

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