Police fitness test results show 97 per cent pass rate

We will now examine any issues around fairness and equality to get officers to the required standard.

​The results of nearly 30,000 police fitness tests have been published and show officers are achieving an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.

Figures were submitted to us from 37 forces and showed male officers achieved an average pass rate of 99 per cent (20,820 attended the test and 20,583 passed).

Female officers achieved an average pass rate of 92 per cent (7,419 attended the test and 6,849 passed).

Northumbria Police achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for both its male and female officers.

The 15 metre shuttle run is based on scientific research to match the aerobic demands of officer safety training. The standard is the same as that used when recruiting officers.

In September 2013 we issued interim guidance on how police forces should implement the fitness test. Fitness testing is in an interim phase to allow data to be examined and to understand how specific groups of individuals are performing. We will then use this data to carry out an equality impact assessment and make any necessary revisions to national guidance before all forces begin fitness testing in September.

College of Policing Chief Executive Officer, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said:

"I am pleased to see such a high pass rate which is testament to overall fitness levels in policing.

"I am concerned that some people are not passing and that many of these are women. We will look closely at any fairness and equality issues this raises and what can be done to assist everyone in reaching the required standard."

Revised guidance will be issued to forces once it has approval by our Professional Committee, which develops national standards. The committee meets in July.

You can view the results for each force in our press release.

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