Whether sitting in a cruiser for several hours or chasing a perpetrator on foot, a career in law enforcement is a dynamic experience that requires deputies to be healthy and well-conditioned year round. A voluntary law enforcement health and wellness training program was started by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2014 to keep the deputies ready for action and prevent them from becoming injured.
Out of the 154 sheriff office employees, 30 joined the new program. Participants had an initial assessment of their weight, blood pressure, resting heart rate and body measurements. 90 days after being in the program participants were reassessed to see if there was any improvement in their overall health. 9 employees improved their blood pressure, 13 improved their resting heart rate, there was a total combined loss in body measurements of 68.25 inches, and a total weight loss of 335 pounds.
Along with the health and wellness program, Sheriff Massee required all sworn deputy sheriffs to take a physical agility fitness test. It is the same test that the deputies were required to complete before being hired. The test consists of pushups, sit ups, squat thrusts, and a half mile run. To pass the test, deputies must score at least an 80%. There were 15 deputy sheriffs that achieved a score of 100%. 10 of these deputies are participants in the health and wellness program. They are as follows: