Fitness failings of Norfolk police officers revealed

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Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Saturday, August 16, 2014
7:30 AM

Twenty-two police officers from Norfolk were among hundreds who failed new fitness tests which are set to become mandatory in a few weeks’ time.

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The Norfolk officers were among 352 who fell short in more than 13,000 tests across 32 forces, according to latest results from the professional standards body the College of Policing said.

The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory on September 1, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor.

If an officer fails the fitness test – which involved a
15-metre run – at the first attempt, it is advised that at least two retakes are permitted before forces use “unsatisfactory performance” against the participating officer.

The latest figures show that of the 560 Norfolk police officers who took part in the tests, between March and May, 538 passed – a success rate of 96.1pc.

In previous tests, between September last year and March this year, 722 Norfolk officers took part and 690 passed – a success rate of 95.6pc.

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said: “Policing is a demanding job and we
recognise the importance of officers being physically fit in order to carry out their duties. We already have established fitness programmes used during recruitment and for officers applying for specialised roles within the force.

“Those officers who are unsuccessful are monitored and supported in a bid to improve their personal fitness.”

The worst failure rates were seen in North Yorkshire with 16.2pc, Lancashire with 6.4pc and South Yorkshire with 5.4pc

Humberside and Surrey were the only two forces who boasted a 100pc pass rate.

In Suffolk, the county’s police and crime commissioner, who had criticised his force’s 93pc pass rate in the previous set of results, praised the latest 98pc pass rate.

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