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Cincinnati Police Department begins new fitness program

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The Cincinnati Police Department is in the midst of a new pilot program for fitness standards.

A group of 25 officers are going through a series of physical tests that includes sit-ups, push-ups, bench presses, cardio vascular work and more.

They are looking at what may need to be changed and if the old standards good, too hard, or too easy.

One officer says that adding the physical fitness part to the healthy lifestyle program that's already in place will make it safer on the streets for the officers.

"Our job sometimes requires us to get physical with people. Sometimes people want to fight. It's a safety issue. An in shape officer, in my opinion, is less likely to be tested on the street," said Office Kip Dunagan with Cincinnati Police.

Dunagan said it was encouraging to see the officers rooting for each other on as they went through the exercises.

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