MANCHESTER – The first phase of testing for the position of Police Officer and Class II Special Officer is complete! Over 170 individuals participated in the Physical Agility Exam at Manchester Township High School on Jan. 28.
“This is the first step in the process to becoming a member of one of the best police departments in the State of New Jersey. I expect each and every one of you to put forth your very best effort,” Chief Lisa Parker said, opening the event.
The exam included pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, squat thrusts, and a one mile run. Participants needed to achieve a minimum combined passing score to move on to the next round of the test, which was the boxing component. Individuals boxed against each other for one straight minute, assisted by martial arts expert Master Paul Prendergast, owner and lead instructor of Paul Prendergast Karate Schools in Brick and Toms River.
“We would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to Master Prendergast for his time, and the experience and superior level of training that he brings to our testing process,” said Chief Parker. “The boxing exercise is so important in the selection process of street cops. The high level of professionalism that Master Prendergast brought to our test ensured a safe and controlled environment for the boxing exercise.”
The entire test was administered by the Manchester Township Police Department. Manchester Township Auxiliary Police Officers also helped in administering the parking plan at the high school. Chief Parker thanked the Manchester Township School District for providing a place to host the exam and for the assistance of the staff.
The applicants that successfully made it through the physical agility exam were given a study guide for the next phase of testing, the written examination scheduled for February 8, 2018.