Police fitness test results

The overwhelming majority of officers are fit with a 98 per cent pass rate.

The vast majority of officers across England and Wales are fit after nearly 94,000 tests showed a 98 per cent pass rate, the College of Policing said today.

Officers from all 43 forces underwent the fitness test, which has been designed to meet the same physical standard as that used when recruiting officers.

A total of 93,956 tests were taken between September 2014 and August last year, resulting in a 98 per cent pass rate.

For male officers there were 67,376 tests taken, with a pass rate of 99 per cent, while female officers underwent 23,154 tests and achieved a 95 per cent pass rate.

National lead for fitness testing, Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner, said: "These results show that the vast majority of officers tested were fit and meet the standard required of them to protect the public.

"We know from previous years that slightly fewer female officers are passing and the College of Policing guidance on fitness tests has been carefully designed to support officers who are in this position, including advice on positive action measures such as specialised training and mentoring programmes.

"The public want their officers to be fit and able to protect them in the face of danger and these results show they are able to do just that."

The fitness test is a 15 metre shuttle run which is based on scientific research, to match the aerobic demands of officer safety training.

The annual test, which became compulsory in 2014, requires officers to run 525 metres in three minutes 40 seconds or less.

If an officer is not able to pass the fitness test at the first attempt, the College advises forces to provide support and allow a series of at least two retakes.

The fitness test increases in difficulty depending on the role. Officers who want to take up roles in the area of diving, firearms, air support, among others, are required to meet a higher standard as outlined by the College of Policing.

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