HARRISBURG - The head of the Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday that he planned to fight a federal lawsuit seeking to dial down the agency's hiring standards.
The Department of Justice contended in a complaint filed Tuesday that the state police physical-testing standards lead to a gender-based disparity in hiring. Commissioner Frank Noonan said Wednesday he planned to challenge it "all the way.
"We should not be bullied into lowering our standards for any applicants," Noonan said.
Would-be cadets must complete a 300-meter run in 77 seconds, a 1.5-mile run in 17 minutes, 48 seconds, and an agility run in 23.5 seconds. They also must jump at least 14 vertical inches and perform at least 13 push-ups (no time frame).