Collaboration focuses on fitness

Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

The Justice and Regulatory Department (J&R), SunUte Community Center, and the Tribal Administration have joined forces on an initiative that will allow J&R staff – those who are required to take annual physical agility tests – full access to the SunUte Community Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week to better focus on their fitness. The extended hours of access are meant to meet the 24-hour shift needs of law enforcement.

The free-of-charge service is aimed to keep the law enforcement that protects the community in fit condition. The Tribal Administration fully supports this agreement and believes this initiative will be beneficial to the whole community. With more law enforcement exercising at SunUte there will be a heightened sense of security all hours of the day at the facility. This agreement will also give law enforcement a chance to mingle and build relationships with the community they serve to protect.

With supervisory approval, the Tribal Administration allows J&R staff one hour to exercise during their shift. So don’t be alarmed if you see law enforcement working out while on duty as they are still required to respond to ALL service calls as needed.

Per J&R policy, all law enforcement personnel must pass a physical agility test twice a year. Therefore, the recent initiative also includes the expectation that all J&R staff accessing SunUte will have bi-annual fitness assessments to measure the improvement of their health over time.

Furthermore, exercising regularly has positive effects on the overall physical and mental well being of an individual. This is especially important for our law enforcement personnel who are in a highly stressful and emotionally taxing job day in and day out.





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