Suquamish Police Officers Fired After Failing Fitness Test
A new fitness policy for the Suquamish Tribe's law enforcement officials lead to the dismissal of three police officers in April, reported the Kitsap Sun.
Last year, they failed a fitness test consisting of a a 300-meter dash in 71 seconds, a 1.5-mile run in less than 15 minutes, 30 sit-ups and 21 push-ups, reported the Associated Press. Placed on a corrective action plan after falling short of the minimum requirements, the officers failed again a second time and were placed on probation. According to policy, a third failure leads to termination. While the tribal police department developed the program in 2004, it just began to crack down in recent years, the Kitsap Sun stated.
Sgt. Lori Penner turned over her gun and badge immediately after failing the third test. "I loved my job," she told the Kitsap Sun. "I loved what I did and I loved working for the tribe."
The tests are intended to encourage officers on the Port Madison Indian Reservation to be healthier, hopefully leading to better performance on the beat. The Suquamish Police Department chose to submit its officers to the same test that all new officers in Washington's state law enforcement academy are required to pass, reported the AP.
Penner believes officers were not treated equally. Some officers battling injuries may have taken tests too quickly after returning to duty, whereas others did not, she told the Kitsap Sun.