Fit­ness test chal­lenges suit against state po­lice

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ERIC DEVLIN

CON­SHOHOCKEN — Should the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice change the dif­fi­culty of its phys­i­cal fit­ness test to help fe­male ap­pli­cants pass?

Talk show ra­dio host Dom Gior­dano doesn’t seem to think so and he was will­ing to bet most peo­ple agreed with him.

After a re­cent law­suit by the United States Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) against the state po­lice was filed, stat-

ing that the dif­fi­culty of the test dis­crim­i­nated against women, Gior­dano— host the of the Dom Gior­dano Pro­gram on Talk Ra­dio 1210WPHT — set out to see if the av­er­age per­son could pass. He set up an ab­bre­vi­ated ver­sion of the test in the park­ing lot of Andy’s Diner in Con­shohocken Fri­day from 9 a.m. to noon and in­vited any­one in­ter­ested to take the test.

Gior­dano said he set up the test after ini­tially scoff­ing at the idea that women couldn’t pass.

“It got started be­cause I thought this is lu­di­crous,” he said, adding he felt the DOJ had big­ger is­sues in the world to deal with than this. “And it’s di­min­ish­ing to women. That’s the way that I saw it. The women that we met here to­day are phys­i­cally fit (and) strong. They’re just moms; they’re not Olympic ath­letes. If you want to be a cop, you have to be fit and you cer­tainly, at the be­gin­ning, have to be fit rather than 20 years down the line.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state po­lice, its test is di­vided into five sec­tions: a ver­ti­cal jump of 14 inches, a 1.5 mile run in 17 min­utes, 48 seconds; a 300 me­ter run in 77 seconds, 13 pushups (no time limit) and an agility run of 23.5 seconds. Gior­dano’s test in­cluded the pushups, the 300 me­ter run and the ver­ti­cal jump.

By 10 a.m. over 20 peo­ple had taken and passed the test, in­clud­ing Dee Ad­cock, the Repub­li­can U.S. Con­gres­sional can­di­date vy­ing for Penn­syl­va­nia’s 13th dis­trict seat, who also felt the test should stay as it is. “Cer­tainly we want to make sure that our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers are fit and ready for their jobs for their own pro­tec­tion and for the pro­tec­tion of the pub­lic,” the 62-yearold said. “It con­cerns me that the Jus­tice Depart­ment is stick­ing

Mem­bers of the Strong Women In Fit­ness To­gether (SWIFT) pose for a pho­to­graph at Fri­day’s fit­ness chal­lenge in Con­shohocken.

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