Abilene cops working on wellness policy

Heart disease is the biggest killer of cops, and many lack physical activity

By Greg Kendall-Ball
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, Texas — Decades ago when police officers walked a beat, getting enough physical activity was not an issue. These days, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said, an officer's shift is spent behind the wheel of a patrol car, "filled with paperwork, burglary and accident investigations, traèc stops and other nonphysical requirements."

A lack of physical fitness among police officers is a widespread phenomenon, both in Abilene and across the nation, according to Phil Sage, a training officer with the Abilene Police Department.

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