first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] police officers will first have to pass a physical fitness test before they will be allowed to join the Port Isabel Police Department. Such was the news after the Port Isabel City Commission unanimously approved a recommendation from Chief of Police Robert Lopez during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 11.Lopez’s recommendation to institute a physical fitness test is part of ongoing changes the chief has been making to the department, the procedures its officers follow and its facilities since taking on the leadership role last October. The test will consist of a mile run and a rescue scenario challenge wherein prospective officers will be required to pull a weighted mannequin from a vehicle and drag it to a safe distance. Both assessments will be timed.“We’re going to be using a human mannequin that the fire department has,” Lopez said. “Charlie (Wood) with EMS will also be on standby when we’re doing the agility runs,” he added.Initially, the physical fitness requirements will only need to be met by incoming officers, but Hockema explained he hopes to be able to roll out the requirements to those already on staff.  “Of course, we’ll have to make some accommodations,” he said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedPIPD unveils new motorcycle unitsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Port Isabel Police has a new tool that will help officers monitor traffic and respond to accidents. That’s the word from Chief of Police Robert Lopez, who unveiled two police motorcycle units Wednesday. The bikes, Honda Goldwing 1300s, were purchased from the City…August 18, 2017In “News”Police department to get simulator, new weaponsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The Port Isabel Police Department will soon have some new equipment to train with, as well as new duty weapons to issue to staff and reserve officers, thanks to getting the go-ahead from the City Commission during a special meeting Tuesday. The Commission…September 21, 2018In “News”Port Isabel police to get new radars, body armorBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Upgrades and improvements continue at the Port Isabel Police Department. The latest of which — the purchase of radar units for patrol vehicles, and body armor for officers — were approved by the Port Isabel City Commission in a special meeting Tuesday night…September 8, 2017In “News” Sharelast_img

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