ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Sylvester Police Department started their first-ever obstacle course test for new recruits hoping to join their department.
Recruits looking to join the police force will now have to go through an intense obstacle course test in 15 seconds.
Patrolman Bryon Todd is testing out the new physical agility test for future recruits.
"Physical fitness is a large part of this field I mean you're going to be chasing people, jumping fences," said Todd.
Todd recently joined the force and has already ran after suspects on foot.
"When it comes down to getting to an area fast some areas cars can't reach, you got to be able to get out of your car and run to it," explained Todd.
Chief Anson Evans adopted the test to mirror what he experienced coming up as a young officer in Dekalb County.
"It's very important that we get the best officers that's in the best physical shape as possible," said Evans, to prepare recruits for the rigors of the police academy.
In the course, recruits will do a running circle routine, drag a 150-pound dummy, crawl through a tunnel and jump a five-foot fence without touching it.
"Being young, being agile, being able to communicate with the public...you got to have physically fit officers," said Evans.
Starting next May, senior officers will also have to pass the physical fitness test.
"It's hard to recruit in South Georgia, I think that's a myth, it all depends on how you're recruiting," remarked Evans.
"I believe that it's for the best, he's doing what he feels is right and I agree with him 100 percent," said Todd.
On Friday morning, 33 recruits will experience the rigorous test.
If they pass, then they can go onto to the police academy. If not, then they'll have to retake the test in six months.
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