Ted Golden, M.D., Best 2018 Candidate 

Michigan House of Representatives

​Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township

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Time For Police Officers To Have Periodic Fitness Evaluations


When I served in the Navy at Camp Lejeune, NC, I became aware of the importance that an organization placed on fitness.  Marines were always seen running to stay in shape in order to pass the Marine Corps fitness requirements.  I remember a very high ranking Marine general speaking to the Medical Corps about being fit.  "We took too many causalities in Korea because we were not fit.  It is your duty to discharge Marines that are not fit irregardless of their MOS."


When I returned to Michigan to start my practice of dermatology six years after I graduated medical school there were no requirements placed on the physician in order to renew the medical license.  I had passed the licensing exam the same month I graduated medical school.  That all changed when it was felt that the medical malpractice crisis of the 1970s was partially due to physicians not keeping their medical knowledge current.  Continuing medical education requirements of 150 hours were imposed on physicians in order to renew their medical license every three years.  


Physicians in the past could pass their specialty board exam and be certified by the specialty board for life.  Now the specialty board certificates are time limited, and the physician must meet tough standards known as maintenance of certification that have many hoops to jump through and pass a comprehensive exam in order to renew the specialty certificate.  


Other professions have there own entrance requirements and periodic evaluations.  


In Michigan police officer candidates have certain educational and training requirements.  They are then required to pass the requirements of the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).  Certain physical fitness standards must be passed.  The candidates are psychology evaluated in order to determine if they are emotionally fit to be police officers according to MCOLES requirements.  People change over time.  After passing the rigorous requirements a Michigan police officer is never again evaluated concerning physical or emotional fitness per MCOLES standards.  


​How many incidents involving police officers are due to unfit police officers?  Actions of unfit police officers can be devastating to individuals and families on the receiving end.  The resulting lawsuits have severe financial repercussions to the governmental unit employing them.


Time For Police Officers To Have Periodic Fitness Evaluations

Like members of other esteemed professional organizations police officers should be required by state law to have periodic evaluations per MCOLES standards and a review of conduct in order to maintain their police officer license.


Ted Golden, M.D.