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By Chris Joyner, USA TODAY

JACKSON, Miss. — When the Jackson Police Department tried to recruit new officers this spring, more than a third of the applicants were not able to pass the initial physical fitness test.

The city’s police academy’s initial fitness exam includes push-ups, a 1½ mile run, an obstacle course and a flexibility test, Deputy Police Chief Gerald Jones said.

“What we are finding is a decline in overall physical strength,” he said. “They can’t complete the mile-and-a-half run.”

Overweight and out of shape recruits for police, fire and emergency medical services are presenting increasing problems for agencies around the nation.

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