CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) –Residents of Campbell may have seen some men usually wearing blue, running around the park.
Those on the force to protect and serve were taking a special test on Saturday. It’s the first test of its kind.
“I think this is going to make the probably the best police force in the Valley,” said Tony Matasch, Chairman of the Campbell Civil Services Commission.
Campbell Officers up for a promotion must now complete a fitness exam in addition to the written one. To pass, the men had to first either successfully complete seven pull ups or bench press a large percentage of their weight, and then run a mile while being timed.
“This is not just about strength and it’s not just about running, it’s a combination so they have to perform a very strenuous bench press in relation to their body weight. A lot of these officers had to do 100 percent of their body weight meaning a 220-pound officer has to bench 220 pounds to pass,” explained Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan.
This year, the city changed the civil services requirements to include both for officers to move up in the ranks.
“No matter what city you live in, I would think that you would want to know that the officers are fit enough to handle any situation that they come into,” said Sgt. John Rusnak of the Campbell Police Department.
“I do think that it promotes unity,” added Patrolman John Gulu. “I know that if I’m chasing after somebody I have another fit officer right behind me not driving around waiting for us.”
Now that the physical portion of the test is done, they’ll move on to the written one.