Fitness test challenges suit against state police
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.