Bakersfield Police Department’s fitness team takes on the doughnut-loving cop stereotype

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For Bakersfield Senior Police Officer Danni Melendez, the importance of fitness hit him when he was on foot patrol shortly after graduating from the police academy. Yes, he had passed all the running drills, did all the jumping jacks, and made it through the physical requirements needed to graduate. And then he found himself 30 pounds heavier, wearing all of his police gear – holster, gun, bullet proof vest, radio – and chasing people on the streets who were in shorts and t-shirts. He realized he needed to get fit. Seriously fit. “I didn’t want to be the guy who…