Officials: More recruits failing physical fitness

Many can't complete 1.5 mile run


By Chris Joyner
USA Today

JACKSON, Miss — When the Jackson Police Department tried to recruit new officers this spring, more than a third of the applicants were not able to pass the initial physical fitness test.

The city's police academy's initial fitness exam includes push-ups, a 1 1/2 mile run, an obstacle course and a flexibility test, Deputy Police Chief Gerald Jones said.

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