Ames Police partner with Parks and Rec to create new fitness class


Ames Police Officer Eric Snyder, ISUPD officer Anthony Greiter and chief Michael Newton man a display promoting their ‘Start by Believing’ campaign against sexual assault at the Green Dot launch on Sept. 27.

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The Ames Police Department is partnering with Ames Parks and Recreation to create a new fitness class targeting individuals interested in a career in law enforcement.

The Police Recruit Physical Fitness Preparation Class kicks off Friday, Sept. 29 and will run every Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. until Nov. 17 (the class will not meet Nov. 10.)

The class is designed to help educate and train individuals interested in passing the Iowa Law Enforcement Physical Standards for Pre-Employment Testing, providing resources to help potential police officers develop healthy habits and gain confidence.

“The whole idea behind it is that we had people who were failing the fitness test and then not making it through the testing,” said Eric Snyder, Ames Police Officer.  “We want people to make it through the testing. They just have to meet the minimum requirements so we can actually interview them and see if they’re a good fit.”

The class marks the first time Ames Police have teamed up with Ames Parks and Rec to develop this type of program.

Those interested can register through the Ames Parks and Recreation’s online registration website under the “Fitness” tab and then under “Other Programs,” or by searching for the activity code 240901. Registration is $48 for Ames residents and $53 for non residents.