One of the first issues raised by labor and management alike when considering a physical readiness program and or standards is time on duty to exercise. Arguments go back and forth around manpower and staffing, injuries on duty, facilities, and timing of the workout. Along with these issues, the nature of the workout should be an important consideration.
So your butt is whipped; now, what about that call?
Its generally a good idea to challenge yourself in the training arena but what about when that exercise bout is in the middle of a shift? The advent of high intensity training methods that leave people physiologically spent for hours after a bout can put the same officer at increased risk of injury if they are called to perform on duty.
This was the topic of research conducted on firefighters and published in the NSCA Research Journal this month with clear implications to law enforcement as well.