Patrolman Brian Wyatt, right, evaluates the pushups done by Kris McDowell of Jeffersonville, during physical fitness testing for prospective Madison Police Department candidates on Saturday at Madison Consolidated High School. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Patrolman Brian Wyatt, right, evaluates the pushups done by Kris McDowell of Jeffersonville, during physical fitness testing for prospective Madison Police Department candidates on Saturday at Madison Consolidated High School. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Twenty-eight Madison Police Department hopefuls were subjected to a series of physical fitness tests at Madison Consolidated High School on Saturday.

The department has three vacancies. One officer will fill the spot created when Lt. Dan Slygh moved into the new school resource officer position. Another position is vacant after the resignation of patrolman Josh Abbott who was recently found guilty of abuse charges. The MPD merit board also recently accepted the resignation of Senior Patrolman Joe Baker, who is leaving for a job in the private sector.

The physical fitness test required at least 25 pushups with no time limit; at least 29 sit-ups in one minute; at least a 16-inch vertical leap; a 1.5 mile run in no more than 16:29; and a 300-meter dash in 71 seconds or less.

Several candidates tested Saturday were eliminated after failing one of the tests.

Candidates must also pass a written exam. Candidates who have completed police academy training are exempt from the testing and are automatically moved on to the next round in the hiring process.