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SLCPD Highlights Department’s Commitment to Physical Fitness

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Recruit Class 158 reinforced their commitment to our community by completing an early morning workout through City Creek Canyon.

Class 158 includes 24 recruits who have come to Salt Lake City to start their career in law enforcement and to support our community.

Today’s workout, supervised by the SLCPD’s Training Unit, consisted of a five-mile run, leg raises, push-ups, sprints, and air squats. SLCPD training officers reminded the class about the importance of being physically fit and the expectation of our community.

“When you sign up to be a police officer, our community expects that you take physical fitness seriously throughout your career,” said SLCPD Training Officer Eric Kirkman. “In this job, you could literally be running into danger to rescue someone to the point of exhaustion and still be expected to be physically sound to finish your shift to protect a fellow officer or someone in our community. The community expects us to be ready mentally and physically when they call for help.”

As Recruit Class 158 made their way through the canyon, they stopped in Memory Grove for a friendly competition of who could sprint up the stairs leading to Capitol Hill the fastest.

Four of the department’s newest lateral police officers joined Class 158 in the workout. These officers join the department with prior experience from agencies in Ohio, Louisiana, Oregon, and Utah.

Upon graduating in October, Class 158 will move to the next phase of the training process, known as field training. During this time, the officers are partnered with a Field Training Officer (FTO) and are evaluated on how they perform the day-to-day functions of a patrol officer.

The Salt Lake City Police Academy is a satellite academy that meets the guidelines and criteria set by the Utah Police Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Anyone interested in applying to be a police officer with the SLCPD should visit:

Several photos taken during the workout are being released.

B-roll from today’s workout is also available by clicking here.