On January 28, 2018, the Manchester Township Police Department administered the Physical Agility Examination, the first phase of testing for the position of Police Officer and Class II Special Officer. More than 170 individuals applied to participate in the event which took place at Manchester Township High School between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

The event began with Chief Lisa Parker welcoming the applicants. “This is the first step in the process to becoming a member of one of the best police departments in the State of New Jersey. I expect each and every one of you to put forth your very best effort,” Chief Lisa Parker said. 

The Physical Agility Examination consisted of the following exercises: Pull-ups, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Squat Thrusts, and a one mile run. Those applicants who achieved a minimum combined passing score advanced to the boxing component which consisted of each applicant boxing against another applicant for a period of one minute. 

The test was administered by members of the Manchester Township Police Department, three of whom are certified, NJ Emergency Medical Technicians. Manchester Township Auxiliary Police Officers provided assistance in administering the parking plan at the high school.

The Manchester Township Police Department also received the voluntary assistance of martial arts expert Master Paul Prendergast, owner and lead instructor of Paul Prendergast Karate Schools (Brick and Toms River). Master Prendergast, a 6th degree black belt, was asked by Lt. Vincent Manco, a former student, if he would assist the Police Department by supervising/officiating the boxing component.

“We would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to Master Prendergast for his time, and the experience and superior level of training that he brings to our testing process,” said Chief Parker. “The boxing exercise is so important in the selection process of street cops. The high level of professionalism that Master Prendergast brought to our test ensured a safe and controlled environment for the boxing exercise.”

Chief Parker is also grateful to the Manchester Township School District for accommodating this important test on a weekend, and for the invaluable assistance of their staff in ensuring that any day-of needs of the police department were swiftly met.

Those applicants who successfully completed all phases of the physical agility examination were provided with a study guide which will help them to prepare for the next phase of testing, the written examination scheduled for February 8, 2018.