A Couple Of Updates!

Update-Keyboard-ROHA few days ago we posted how a court had struck down handgun laws in Washington, D.C. because they effectively banned weapons and therefore were contrary to the Second Amendment and previous Supreme Court rulings.

After the ruling, the City sought a 180 day stay of the decision which would allow them to craft new regulations on weapons in D.C. The lawyers for the opposing party agreed to a 90 day stay and eventually, that is what a judge agreed to as well.

So for now, the old, un-Constitutional rules are still in effect until the DC City Council can figure out what they can do next to try and deprive citizens of their rights.

As lawmakers get to work, D.C. police returned to past arrest practices. Ten minutes after the judge granted the reprieve at 1:20 p.m., Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier rescinded orders hurriedly issued Sunday night and told 4,000 officers that “all laws related to firearms regulations and crimes remain in effect.”

But the chief also reminded officers to handle firearms cases “with caution,” noting that the public may not be aware that the old gun laws are at least temporarily back in force.

Yesterday we posted how the Department of Justice was suing the Pennsylvania State Police over the physical testing standards used to applicants to the Police.

After a little more research, we found a website where the Pennsylvania State Police give the standards in more detail than the DOJ’s complaint.

Here are the standards for applicants:


A pdf file on the site delves deeper into the tests, what they comprise of, and how they impact police work:

Vertical Jump – This is a test of lower body explosive power. It is an important factor for pursuit tasks that require vaulting or jumping. The applicant stands under the test apparatus. Applicant reaches as high as possible, pushing tabs to mark their standing reach. A vertical jump is made by the applicant taking one step back with either foot; the applicant steps forward, and jumps, reaching as high as possible, to hit the tabs; OR the applicant may jump from both feet without taking a step. The score is the difference between your standing and jumping reach, on the tabs, and will be recorded to the nearest half inch.

1 RM Bench Press – Standards to be provided by Physical Readiness during training, NOTE: Not performed as an applicant; this requirement is for graduation only.

Illinois Agility Run – The agility run is a measure of coordinated movement and speed. It is an important area for performing tasks requiring quick movements around obstacles.

The applicant starts in the prone position with the tips of their fingers behind the starting line. The body may cross the starting line. Upon the “go” start command, the applicant will stand up and sprint to the other line, (30 feet away), place one foot over the line, and spring back to the starting line. The applicant will make a left turn around the first cone, then zig-zag in a figure eight fashion around the four cones and back to the start line. Then, turn around the first cone, and spring to the other line, and back one more time.

If the applicant knocks over a cone, misses a turn, or fails to touch the line when turning, the instructor will stop the applicant and return the applicant to the end of the line for a re-start. The score is the time it takes the applicant to complete the run, and will be recorded to the tenth of a second. The clock will stop when any part of the applicant’s body crosses the finish line. Applicants will have two trials for this event.

300-Meter Run – This is a measure of anaerobic capacity. This is an important factor, exerting short bursts of effort will engaged in pursuit tasks.

The stand is based on the total elapsed time required to complete a 300-meter course. On a standard 400-meter track, 300 meters is about ¾ around the track or 984 feet.

* The 300-meter run and 1.5 mile run will be administered under all weather conditions which may include running in cold, heat or humidity, wet and/or high wind conditions.

Push-Ups – This is a measure of the muscular endurance of the upper body extensor. This is an important area for many tasks including use of force, lifting, carrying, and pushing.

The applicant assumes the front-leaning rest position by placing their hands on the surface, slightly wider than shoulder width apart, fingers facing forward. The back, buttocks, and legs must be in a generally straight line from the head to the heels. The feet may be together or up to twelve inches apart. Once hands and feet are set they cannot move. The applicant lowers self until the chest touches a fist or a three-inch block. The subject returns to the “up” position locking out the elbows. The back must be kept straight at all times. The applicant may rest in the “up” position only.

The test will be considered over when the applicant returns to the standing position or if any part of their body makes contact with the ground. There is no time limit.

1.5-Mile Run – This is a measure of cardiovascular endurance or aerobic capacity. It is the foundation for almost all physical tasks including pursuits, administering CPR, climbing stairs, providing aid to the injured, and use of force situations lasting more than two minutes. The test will be conducted on a 400-meter running track. The score will be the total elapsed time it takes to complete six laps.

* The 300-meter run and 1.5 mile run will be administered under all weather conditions which may include running in cold, heat or humidity, wet and/or high wind conditions.

We don’t see those standards as being overly ambitious or not applying to police work, but then again, we don’t work behind a desk for the Department of Justice.

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