ERIC Number: ED079410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
The Physical Activities Survey of Police Officers in New Jersey. Final Report.
Goldstein, Leo S.
A survey of the physical activities of police officers in New Jersey was conducted to collect information about the kinds of physical activities they perform, their present health status, the measures they take to maintain good physical condition, and their appraisal of the present civil service physical performance test battery. Another purpose of the study was to examine the relation between and among these measures and the effects of other factors, such as age, experience, rank, and type of assignment, on present health status. A Physical Activities Survey (PAS) questionnaire was devised and sent to 132 jurisdictions; 92 departments returned them for a total sample of 1,875 questionnaires. Findings included the following: (1) officers in large communities have, on the average, more years of service and are older than those in less populated areas; (2) most listed some physical symptoms or diseases developed since appointment; (3) sitting was identified by more than 3/4 as the physical activity required most on the job; (4) nine out of ten officers want to keep the 100-year agility test in the battery without change; less than 3/4 would keep the squat jump; (5) for each test, the relation between ability to pass the test and attitude toward its retention was highly significant; and (6) the relation of experience to physical activities was almost identical to that of age to physical activities. A copy of the questionnaire and tabulated results are appended. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Civil Service, Trenton.; New Jersey State Law Enforcement Planning Agency, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.