Key Concepts
Reduction of injuries
Adaptability to all tenure periods
Recruits’ successful completion of the program physical fitness exit exam.
The results of the program in 2003 were better than expected.
Injuries in my programs were down 80 percent in the first year.
The few injuries that did occur happened under fill-in (i.e., non-CrossFit) instructors
when I was not present. In these instances, the substitute instructor “freelanced”
and used unstructured protocols inconsistent with CrossFit’s standards.
Since that first year, we have had no physical training injuries related to
our model of conditioning. None.

We have trained BLE classes since 2001, encompassing approximately
970 recruits for the college and an additional 375 hired police recruits
for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. During training at our agency,
I observed an increase in skills and abilities and an acceptance of
conditioning by our agency personnel at all levels. More importantly,
it forced us to realize that our “traditional” standards were not as demanding
as they could have been. The fitness exam being used at the time required
very little in the way of functional fitness. The exam was
essentially one minute of push-ups and sit-ups, a one-anda-
half-mile run for time, and, finally, the Job Task Obstacle
Course. The existing program was in need of adjusting
if the officers we wanted to produce were to be fitter
and more capable than the average citizen we swore to
protect.
Since the implementation of CrossFit, academy graduates
who have been recruited by outside agencies have been
lauded specifically for their physical and mental combat
readiness and “can-do” attitudes. The top performers in
our physical training programs have moved on to tactical
assignments where they publicly credit their survival
in deadly force engagements and extended stressful
incidents to their “CrossFit mentality.”
History
History

In 2001, Greg Glassman came to Florida to give a CrossFit seminar for the Florida Police Corps at the request of Training Specialist Derek Ray. At the time, as a sergeant in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, I had been running a parallel program in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Florida Community College's Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Program. The CrossFit program I was implementing had been quietly supported, tweaked, and tested via correspondence and advice from Coach Glassman; recruits in both programs were showing remarkable results. (See "Police Training" in CrossFit Journal issue #3 [March 2003].) In fact, the program was indeed "forging elite fitness" among our recruits, just as its founder promised. Now, in 2007, the program continues. This article describes our current implementation and standards for recruits from day one to graduation. As reported in the March 2003 issue of the CFJ and recorded in our internal documents, CrossFit led to a reduction in injuries among recruits.
Analysis of Implementation
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After several years of providing CrossFit training to law enforcement personnel at varied stages in their careers, I have picked up a few things that might be beneficial to those among you preparing to do the same. I would like to share with you the process of CrossFit implementation, sustainability, and improvement that we use for training recruits at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Much of what I have to say may be what you are already doing. If that is the case, then see this as confirmation of your approach. For those of you hoping to implement similar programs at your agencies, I hope this description of our program and principles will be a useful example.