13 News Reporter Puts Her Skills To The Test


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A 13 News reporter put her physical abilities to the test and completed the Topeka Police Department's physical ability test.

Applicants placed their papers and pens down after completing a written exam in hopes to become an entry level Topeka police officer.

Around 100 applicants took the written test and around 50 of those applicants who passed then moved on to the physical ability test.

"The physical agility is pretty demanding. It is a timed physical agility test and it of course involves a figure 8, with different obstacles that a police officer may encounter during their typical shift," says Topeka Police Sergeant Colleen Stuart.

"I was a track athlete, so I think it will be fairly easy for me," says participant, DeAndre Simmons.

So, 13's Ariana Cohen put her physical abilities to the test to see how "easy" it really is. She jumped over hurdles, pushed and pull weighted resistance, lifted an 80 pound bag 50 feet, pulled the trigger of a fake handgun to test grip strength and jumped up and over a three foot vault rail. And she wasn't the only female who participated, 21-year-old Katie Mohn was one of the female participants as well.

"It's a little intimidating, but if a boy could do it I could do it! " she says.

Participants cheered each other on to make sure they finish the test in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Topeka police officers judging the physical course said they have an educated and active bunch. They look forward to hiring the new recruits for the 2014 police academy.

"We definitely hope to get the best that we can to be able to provide for our community, absolutely," says Stuart.

13's Ariana Cohen passed the test. She finished in 3 minutes and 40 seconds.


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