Investigator Daniel Gresham attended the June 13-15 National LawFit® Challenge in Olive Branch to put his physical fitness and health to the test against fellow members of the Mississippi law enforcement community.
The competition, now in its 12th year, measures the participants' levels of fitness through a series of competitive job-related tests.
The affair is part of a nationwide program where law enforcement officers from around the country vie for the top scores in events such as pull-ups, sit-ups and a “suspect pursuit” obstacle course.
"It was my pleasure and honor to represent the Bolivar County Sheriff’s office and the citizens of Bolivar County at this event," said Gresham. "I want to thank Sheriff Kelvin Williams for his support and encouragement to his deputies to get involved in events like this.
"Also, I am extremely thankful for my sponsors, without whom my participation would not have been possible."
Sheriff Williams said he was impressed with Gresham's initiative to compete in the event.
"I definitely commend Investigator Gresham for taking the interest on his own," said Williams. "It's great to have officers committed to staying fit and competing at high levels. It means a lot to Bolivar County."
Williams said Gresham's motivation shows that law officers do more than just eat donuts.
"We try to encourage our officers to work out daily," said Williams. "Sometimes we get so tied up in everyday life that we forget how important it is — especially in our profession.
"Having strength and endurance is crucial when dealing with someone who doesn't want to go to jail or is resisting law enforcement."
"I need to do better myself," joked Williams.
As a result of Gresham's participation, more officers from the department are interested in boosting fitness routines and competing in next year's event.
According to LawFit, competing officers have shown a significant increase in fitness levels. This has also led to reductions in lost work time, injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
Additionally, participating departments have noted officers injured in the line of duty are recovering quicker than those not participating in the program.
To learn more about the national organization, visit www.lawfit.org.