Marysville Police Officers will be allowed to exercise while on duty. Todd Ackerman, Chief of Police, submitted a letter to the council explaining why he felt the program is needed. According to his letter Chief Ackerman believes the wellness program will help officers better the service for the city and the health of the officer. According to Chief Ackerman Police Officers are expected to act as professionals as well as look professional. With the high stress environment Ackerman believes there is not a downside to adding this mandatory program into their shifts.
Ackerman asked the council that the officers be allowed to attend the Marysville fitness 1 hour at least 2 times a week and no more than 3 times during their shift for exercise. The City of Marysville already pays for memberships to Marysville Fitness for city employees. In order for an officer to exercise their must be a second officer on duty. Marysville Fitness has agreed to monitor and assist the officers with their exercise programs. Officers who are exercising will have their equipment and vehicle readily available and responding to calls will be the priority.
After a lengthy debate between the Marysville City Council and Todd Ackerman, Chief of Police, the council approved a 6 month trial period for the wellness program, with Schutte, Schwindamann and Price voting “no”.
Chief Ackerman also introduced two new officers. Anthony Halstead, a Missouri certified officer from Springfield Missouri. Halstead started work on the 27th.
Selia Pierce from Wamego, Kansas. She currently works for the Wamego Police Department as a dispatcher. She will be attending the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center March 12th.
Ackerman informed the Council that the Police Department now has 10 officers including himself.