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Police has third highest rate of fitness failures

Swindon Advertiser: Lead physical training instructor Stuart Dinwoodie watches as Adver deputy news editor Scott D’Arcy has a go at the police fitness test Lead physical training instructor Stuart Dinwoodie watches as Adver deputy news editor Scott D’Arcy has a go at the police fitness test

THE compulsory fitness test failure rate among Wiltshire Police officers is one of the highest in the country, as it is revealed just under five per cent have been unable to make the grade.

Of the 384 officers who have so far taken the test, which became compulsory for all UK forces last September following the Winsor Review, 18 have failed.

The test involves a bleep test up to the level of 5.4 – equivalent to jogging for three-and-a-half minutes – in a gym.

The move has been criticised by the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, for the lack of discretion for officers or staff whose roles do not have a physical element.

Wiltshire Police Federation chairman Mike White said: “In general we are supportive of fitness tests but they should be related to the job that is required. Our concern is it may be potentially discriminatory, not only in terms of gender but also age.

“Of course front line response and firearms officers need a certain level of fitness but when you are in a predominantly investigative roles, such as CID, then they don’t require that same level.”

Officers who fail the test will not face any punitive measures in the first year but from September those who fail three times will face disciplinary action. Figures obtained from 27 forces in England and Wales after a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association showed that of 13,024 officers who have been tested, 353 failed – 2.7 per cent. Of those, 236 were women.

The constabularies with the highest percentage of failures were Suffolk at seven per cent, Gwent at six per cent and Wiltshire with five per cent.

Supt Charlie Armstrong said: “The fitness test is an important part of an officer’s role, including ensuring they are fit enough for their own safety as well as ensuring officers can protect the public.

“We will be working with those who haven’t passed to ensure that they have the right support.”

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6:01am Mon 17 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

oink oink!
oink oink! mrwoo
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10:14am Mon 17 Feb 14

swindondad says...

The last set of figures I saw said that just over 1 in 4 (27%) police officers is a woman but they represent 2 in 3 of those who are failing the fitness test.

Let us hope that the test is not "watered down" in the name of "So Called Equality".

There has not been a shortage of recruits for the police in my lifetime so if anyone can’t make the grade they should be pensioned off and a fitter replacement hired.
The last set of figures I saw said that just over 1 in 4 (27%) police officers is a woman but they represent 2 in 3 of those who are failing the fitness test. Let us hope that the test is not "watered down" in the name of "So Called Equality". There has not been a shortage of recruits for the police in my lifetime so if anyone can’t make the grade they should be pensioned off and a fitter replacement hired. swindondad
  • Score: 3

10:19am Mon 17 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

What do we expect when they spend most of their days seating in a car.......
What do we expect when they spend most of their days seating in a car....... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 4

11:06am Mon 17 Feb 14

swindondad says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
What do we expect when they spend most of their days seating in a car.......
A valid point, when the majority of officer spent their days "walking the beat" or "on their bike" it was easier for them to maintain a natural level of fitness. As with the rest of society our more sedentary work means that we have to make an effort to exercise.

The Police however should not just “sit back” and take it easy as they unlike the majority of us could be required to chase down a criminal or hold their place in the shield wall on any working day no matter what their primary role.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: What do we expect when they spend most of their days seating in a car.......[/p][/quote]A valid point, when the majority of officer spent their days "walking the beat" or "on their bike" it was easier for them to maintain a natural level of fitness. As with the rest of society our more sedentary work means that we have to make an effort to exercise. The Police however should not just “sit back” and take it easy as they unlike the majority of us could be required to chase down a criminal or hold their place in the shield wall on any working day no matter what their primary role. swindondad
  • Score: 1

11:57am Mon 17 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

I think it is perfectly reasonable to expect police officers to meet certain fitness levels.
I think it is perfectly reasonable to expect police officers to meet certain fitness levels. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Mon 17 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

swindondad wrote:
The last set of figures I saw said that just over 1 in 4 (27%) police officers is a woman but they represent 2 in 3 of those who are failing the fitness test.

Let us hope that the test is not "watered down" in the name of "So Called Equality".

There has not been a shortage of recruits for the police in my lifetime so if anyone can’t make the grade they should be pensioned off and a fitter replacement hired.
Why pensioned off at taxpayers expense if you haven't bothered to make the effort to meet the basic requirement? They should have pay suspended if they are unfit for duty until they are. Different if injured, but if its their lifestyle choice for a job they know requires it, clearly they are wrong for the job.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: The last set of figures I saw said that just over 1 in 4 (27%) police officers is a woman but they represent 2 in 3 of those who are failing the fitness test. Let us hope that the test is not "watered down" in the name of "So Called Equality". There has not been a shortage of recruits for the police in my lifetime so if anyone can’t make the grade they should be pensioned off and a fitter replacement hired.[/p][/quote]Why pensioned off at taxpayers expense if you haven't bothered to make the effort to meet the basic requirement? They should have pay suspended if they are unfit for duty until they are. Different if injured, but if its their lifestyle choice for a job they know requires it, clearly they are wrong for the job. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

6:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

The McPherson person isn't really a good example of a picture of health.
The McPherson person isn't really a good example of a picture of health. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

villageoldman says...

If they got out of their 30k German luxury cars and booked all the cars parked on pavements , they just might get a bit more fit.
If they got out of their 30k German luxury cars and booked all the cars parked on pavements , they just might get a bit more fit. villageoldman
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