MANCHESTER, NJ - On Wednesday, June 7 the Stafford Township Police Department participated in the Third Annual Elite Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge, hosted by the Manchester Township Police Department. This team-based competition, held at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting raised more than $6,300 dollars.  This benefits the Ocean of Love Charity and the not-for-profit Manchester Township Police Foundation.

“This is one of the most challenging physical fitness competitions around for Law Enforcement. Officers must be in excellent physical condition to successfully complete this Elite Fitness Challenge. Police officers need to commit to maintaining a physical standard for their entire career regardless of their age, position, or rank and regardless of the agency they work for, as the nature of our job demands it. The officers that competed on Wednesday showed excellent perseverance, determination, and pushed their physical fitness abilities to their limits. Their respective departments should be proud of their accomplishment and sincere dedication to fitness.” Said Manchester Chief of Police Lisa Parker.


Patrolmen Mike Wade, Joe Stanziano, Anthony Vincent and Gio DeMarco from the Stafford Township Police Department earned the title of Fittest Police Department for the third consecutive year.

The competing teams were required to complete a host of exercises which included a team vehicle push, a team tire flip, a cell door drag, a bench obstacle, fence and rope climbs, a barrel roll, a farmers carry, clean and presses, an individual tire flip, a pole flip/carry, a sandbag carry, a dumbbell bear crawl, an atlas stone throw, a 200 yard swim, and a five mile trail run.