Tyler Police Department Unveils New Fitness Center

The Tyler Police Department unveiled its latest weapon in the fight against crime Friday.

The departments new $90,000 fitness center was dedicated at a ceremony.

Officers were eagerly tested their new equipment.  Many said the center is important in ensuring the departments fitness requirement for its officers.

"You may spend 90 percent of your time sitting in a car writing reports," said Sergeant John Brown, "but that once in a hundred time were you have to jump out at the spur of the moment or fight someone that doesn't necessarily want to go in to custody voluntarily, you have to have the strength and ability and agility to handle those situations."

During the day the fitness center is open to on-duty officers and civilian employees.

Before the new center was built, officers used private gym memberships to stay in shape.

Maya Golden reporting