MANCHESTER – Manchester Police recently flexed their muscles and flipped tires, climbed ropes and fences, pushed cars, carried sandbags, rolled barrels and ran five miles as part of the 3rd Annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge, where police departments from all over the state compete to win the title of Fittest Police Department.
The grueling physical exercise challenge was held earlier this month at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting, where Manchester Police raised over $6,300 for Ocean of Love to support Ocean County children with cancer, as well as for the Manchester Township Police Foundation.
“The officers that competed on Wednesday showed excellent perseverance, determination, and pushed their physical fitness abilities to their limits. Their respective departments should be proud of their accomplishment and sincere dedication to fitness,” said Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker.
Taking home the coveted title of Fittest Police Department was Stafford Township Police, followed up by two teams from the West Windsor Police. Overall, 15 police teams competed in the challenge, which were made up of four officers each. One exercise even included dragging a cell door, as well as a 200-yard swim, dumbbell bear crawl and atlas stone throw.
Manchester Police Detective David Fusaro and Patrolman Charles Gatnarek organized the Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge, and look forward to continuing the event next year.
“This event gives officers the chance to push their physical abilities and mental toughness to the limit,” said Detective Fusaro. “It is an honor to help raise funds for these two great charities who support the communities we as officers strive to protect and serve.”