To increase police academy recruits, Pennsylvania considers making fitness requirements easier

Pennsylvania’s state House passed legislation last week that would lower the minimum fitness standard for a potential recruit to be admitted to a police academy. House Bill 863 would reduce the minimum fitness level for police academy recruits from the 30th percentile to the 15th percentile of performance on the standard physical fitness assessment, which includes a 1½ mile run, a 300-meter sprint, push-ups and pull-ups. It would also alter the reading comprehension standard to allow local police departments to submit their own reading tests to the state for consideration.

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