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Kennewick Police Department tests cadets

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Kennewick, WA- Kennewick police are working fast to fill an opening on the force.

Today candidates underwent the physical fitness test they're  required to pass before attending police academy.

The test comprises push-ups, sit-ups,  a 300 meter run, and a one-and-a-half mile run.

Unlike military boot camp, where drill sergeants whip cadets into shape, training officer Duane Kist says police cadets must be in shape before they enter the academy.

"On any given call on any day on the streets of Kennewick or anywhere else in the state, you could have to go from zero to 60 in four-flat," Kist says. "You've got to be physically capable of following the bad guys."

Once the cadets pass the test, they're off for a intensive 19-week training at the academy.   After successfully completing the course, they return to begin training on the street.