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Kansas Law Enforcement Agencies Consider Fitness Requirement Updates

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County law enforcement agencies are considering easing fitness requirements for applicants in hopes of attracting more potential recruits. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires law enforcement agencies to have a job task analysis showing why certain agility tests are in recruit training if they want liability protection. The Wichita Eagle reports that Sedgwick County sheriff's Sergeant Dave Hein conducted a study to see what detention deputies and patrol deputies have to do as a part of their jobs. Hein, who processes recruits for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Academy, says a key part of his study is learning whether the academy needed to update its physical agility tests. Hein is waiting on a final report from a Wichita State University criminal justice review panel on his study. He'll present his findings to the sheriff's office command staff.

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