For the first time the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is implementing mandatory, yearly fitness evaluations. Who better than the sheriff to lead by example?
“I am 75 pounds lighter and that’s going to be two years this month,” says Sheriff Craig Webre.
After 22 years at the top of the helm Sheriff Webre is feeling better than ever.
“I am back to my high school weight and I am excited. I feel 20 years younger, and I’ve done things and I’m doing things that I’ve never done before in my life,” says Sheriff Webre.
The sheriff is motivating others to take control of their health, and he is taking it one step further. For the first time ever mandatory fitness testing is underway. Everyone in an enforcement role must participate.
“It’s undeniable that the job of law enforcement requires a certain amount of fitness. I mean some of the functions that you have to do; executing an arrest, and perhaps chasing a suspect,” explains Sheriff Webre.
The standards are the same across the board regardless of age or sex. The Sheriff says if someone fails they’ll have a year to show progress, if not they may be reassigned.
While intimidating the Sheriff says it’s inspired many. In all the department has lost well over 1,000lbs. Chief Robert Dill is down 150 pounds and Public Information Officer Brennan Matherne is down 100 pounds, and just ran his first half marathon.
“I almost cried because before I started I couldn’t even run a mile without stopping and being out of breath even at a slow pace,” says Matherne.
“It’s a great feeling when people say that I am now losing weight, I am now eating smart, I’ve joined the gym or done this because of you,” says Sheriff Webre.
Fitness tests are not state mandated. It’s up to each department to implement its own policy. Both the NOPD and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office say they do not have yearly fitness evaluations. Kenner Police, Slidell Police, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office do.