Fit for the job
Teens test fitness for frontline policingNEIL RATLEY
Southland pupils got a taste of what it takes to be a frontline police officer in Te Anau yesterday.
Thirteen teams from Southland schools took part in the first Blue Light Southland schools police competency test (PTC) challenge.
The teams, each made up of four students, had to complete the course used to test the fitness of the country's officers.
The course is based on the police physical competency test and includes pushing a car trailer 10 metres, running 200m, walking a 5m right-angle beam 1m off the ground, doing a long jump, running around cones and under and over hurdles, climbing through a 1m-high window, dragging a 74kg "body" 7.5m, and climbing a 2.2m-high wire fence.
Constable James Ure, of Te Anau, said the students really enjoyed the day and it was a great way for them to test their fitness and get an insight into the work of a police officer.
Officers sit the PCT every two years. They must now hold a current PCT to be allowed on the front line. Those withdrawn from duty must get in shape before they can return to the beat.
Mr Ure, who has the highest P1 pass for the test and a completion time of two minutes and five seconds, said the students' efforts had been impressive.
The challenge would become a regular event and was a good way for police to engage with communities, he said.
The PCT involves completing a 400-metre course of tasks in this order:
- Pushing a car trailer 10m
- Carrying a car wheel assembly 10m
- Running 200m
- Walking a 5m right-angle beam, a metre off the ground
- Doing a long jump of 1.8m
- Running around cones, and under and over hurdles for 30m
- Climbing through a 1m-high window
- Climbing over a solid 1.8m-high wall
- Dragging a body 7.5m
- Climbing a 2.2m-high wire fence
- © Fairfax NZ News
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