George Mason to Host Fourth Annual LawFit Trooper Challenge

Posted: October 13, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Graham

State troopers and highway patrol officers from around the country will be in hot pursuit for the title of “Fittest Trooper in America” at the fourth annual LawFit Trooper Challenge, presented by LawFit of George Mason University Oct. 14-15 at the Field House on the Fairfax Campus.

The two-day event includes four-person teams, pairs and individual competitions with six fitness challenges on the first day and the agility suspect pursuit and apprehension course on the second day. The agility course on Saturday includes the pursuit of a suspect over a wall, up stairs and through a window. Officers will also handcuff a “suspect” and rescue a “victim.”

These tests have been found to be good predictors of an officer’s fitness for duty. Law enforcement requires sudden, strenuous exertion and exceptional physical performance; however, a majority of the duties of public safety personnel can be characterized as sedentary—vehicle patrol, building inspection, public education, equipment maintenance and investigative activity.

The combination of these two extremes of physical activity contributes to the significant number of law enforcement personnel and firefighters who die in the line of duty—more than 300 each year. An additional 100,000 police officers and firefighters suffer lost work time because of occupational injuries. The LawFit Trooper Challenge is an opportunity to recognize those officers who have proven they are fit to serve.

The Fit to Serve programs of the National Center for Public Safety Fitness, which is headquartered at George Mason, is comprised of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services personnel and law enforcement and firefighting professionals from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The center’s mission is to provide health and fitness information and training for public safety personnel, including police officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. LawFit and FireFit have provided physical education training to more than 6,000 law enforcement and firefighting professionals across the country.

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