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Deputies drop the donuts, and the pounds too

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Being a police officer or sheriff's deputy can be a very physically demanding job and for local law enforcement, the days of glaze could be a thing of the past. “I mean it's an old wives tale. I mean I like doughnuts and all, but you won't ever catch me at a Krispy Kreme in a uniform, I know that,” said Deputy Efrain Granda of the NHC Sheriff’s Office. New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies are getting in shape for their fall fitness test, an assessment the department started last year to combat declining health among law enforcement. To help deputies pass their assessment, the Sheriff's Office has a 24 hour gym and on trainers on staff. Deputies say the extra workouts help them build teamwork within the department. “If you have to fight somebody, if you have to chase somebody, they're not going to be as confident as if you walked up there and you were in great shape and you presented yourself in a great manner,” said Brian Sellers. The Sheriff's Office isn't alone. The Wilmington Police Department has a physical fitness test for all new hirers. Applicants must complete all of the tasks in less than 7 minutes and 20 seconds to be eligible for the job. New deputies take a similar test. With the fall physical assessment around the corner for the deputies, Sheriff McMahon said he is working on an incentive program for those who make the most progress. He hopes it will encourage all of his employees to live a healthy lifestyle.

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So just to throw it out there in case the law enforcement around here havent heard of it...CrossFitWilmington is the best place to get in shape for your fitness test, and i say this through experience for the POPAT.

so they should be healthy

so they should be healthy

SIZE DOES MATTER

Let's be honest here! Have you seen some of these deputies? Go back to the interview about the Crisis station closing and look at those deputies. What a shame that this has been allowed. I'm sure that if one escape they would be long gone.If they had to run after someone or even give CPR they couldn't do it. It is about time that law enforcement gets into shape. Take a good look at the Highway Patrol. They all look very professional and in shape. No doubt!!