NYPD facilitates fitness testing after increased retirements

Being fat, weak and slow is no way to become a cop – or is it?

The NYPD has dramatically relaxed the fitness requirements to become a city cop amid a record wave of retirements, with senior officials desperate for warm bodies to fill the ranks, The Post has learned

The department replaced a faux 6-foot wall in the police academy gymnasium with a chain link fence that’s easier to climb, according to official recruiting videos posted online.

The move comes after a cell phone was used last year to record a series of out-of-shape would-be police officers ridiculously attempting – and failing – to climb over the wall.

A copy of the compilation video obtained by The Post shows an applicant hanging his head in shame after two unsuccessful attempts.

The Barrier Surmount is one of six tasks comprising a physical exam known as the Job Standard Test that prospective police officers must pass before beginning six months of training at the Academy in Flushing, Queens.

The NYPD fitness test has been eased by increased retirements.
Previously, would-be police officers had to climb a 6-foot wall as part of their physical fitness test.

And to increase the success rate, the 2019 time limit of 3 minutes and 28 seconds was extended by nearly a full minute last year — to 4:28 — according to NYPD recruiting videos posted on YouTube.

A disgusted police officer said “it really isn’t hard” to pass the fitness test, which consists of repeatedly running up and down a set of six flights of stairs and using a weight machine designed to mimic a fight with a suspect.

“If you can’t meet the basic requirements to be a police officer, you shouldn’t be one,” said the veteran police officer.

In addition to relaxing the Job Standard test, the NYPD appears to have eliminated a rule requiring recruits to run 1.5 miles in 14:21 or less to graduate from the academy.

This qualification is posted on an official webpage that contains the 2019 video detailing the JST, but is not part of another that contains last year’s video.

Sources said the 1.5-mile run hasn’t been officially scrapped, but that top executives were considering scrapping it, with one saying, “So many people are retiring in droves and they need to fill these positions.”

Last weekend, The Post reported that more than 2,100 police officers have retired or left the NYPD this year amid a record-breaking exodus, exceeding the 1,535 the force served in the first six months of 2020 amid the deadly first wave of the COVID -19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the academy class graduating Friday included just 561 new officers, just over half of the 1,009 the NYPD said sources said it was looking to hire.

The city accepted applications for the NYPD written exam on June 8. Registration closes on July 15th and the exam is scheduled to begin on August 12th.

In a prepared statement Tuesday, an NYPD spokesman said: “Our police academy physical fitness requirements have been reviewed and approved by [the] The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service and the NYPD will continue to comply with all guidelines issued by the state.” NYPD facilitates fitness testing after increased retirements


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