Cops exercise to help save lives

The Bradley University Police Department is sponsoring a new program on campus this semester designed to train students in a similar manner to BUPD officers.

BUPD officer Sean Savage said the program, called CopFit, is designed to help students master a range of fitness and emergency training techniques.

CopFit is a mix of crossfit and the police academy designed to promote physical fitness while training to perform life-saving techniques, Savage said. Which means we do High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, while training our bodies to perform well in emergency situations.

According to Savage, being in top physical shape is essential to responding correctly in emergency situations.

Physical fitness is extremely important not only in law enforcement but also in everyday life, Savage said. When an emergency situation arises, you want your body to be in tip-top shape so you perform well and hopefully save lives.

The fitness program is a good way to not only stay in shape but also to learn life-saving techniques while having fun, according to Savage.

The program is excellent for those people that are wanting to be physically fit and have fun doing it, Savage said. That’s what it is all about at the end of the day. We want to have fun and promote techniques during our workouts that can be utilized in an emergency.

CopFit is free to all students, faculty and staff and takes place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays on Olin Quad. Anyone with further questions on the program can contact Savage at ssavage@bradley.mail.edu.