Northumbria Police records 100 per cent fitness pass rate

First published in News

OFFICERS at a North-East police force are among the fittest in the country, according to official figures released today (Tuesday, May 27).

Interim results submitted by 39 forces to the College of Policing showed that across the country, hundreds of police officers failed new fitness tests which are due to become mandatory later this year.

But Northumbria Police was one of only two forces out of a total of 43 in England and Wales who boasted a 100 per cent pass rate for both male and female officers. The other was Humberside.

Nationally, 851 officers fell short, with three per cent failing overall in more than 30,000 tests.

After taking part in the 15-metre "bleep" shuttle run test, some 253 of the 22,078 male officers who took part (an average of one per cent) and 598 of 7,969 female officers (an average of eight per cent) were unsuccessful.

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

The worst failure rates were seen in Suffolk (seven per cent).

The Winsor recommendations stated that all officers should be made to take a "bleep" test annually, with participants having to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in shorter and shorter periods.

Mr Winsor also recommended that from 2018 the tests should be made harder, using challenges based on the type of things an officer might face on duty, but this is being considered by the College of Policing in case it negatively impacts on women.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price said: "The results to date are encouraging and show the vast majority of officers tested are fit.

"Police forces are sending their results to the College on a quarterly basis and an equality impact assessment is being carried out on those results."

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12:48am Tue 27 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Perhaps they should introduce an intelligence test next.
Perhaps they should introduce an intelligence test next. Voice-of-reality
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7:15am Tue 27 May 14

darloboss says...

sounds like the crime detection figures massaged
sounds like the crime detection figures massaged darloboss
  • Score: 0

8:54am Tue 27 May 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

I should expect so! Anyone who can't get 5.4 on a bleep test (just starting to break into a jog) has serious issues. Unlike our friends in the fire service who are fighting the government because they're expected to keep a fitness level of roughly level 12 on a bleep test, right into their elderly years.
I should expect so! Anyone who can't get 5.4 on a bleep test (just starting to break into a jog) has serious issues. Unlike our friends in the fire service who are fighting the government because they're expected to keep a fitness level of roughly level 12 on a bleep test, right into their elderly years. StanLaurels_CamelToe
  • Score: 3

9:53am Tue 27 May 14

stevegg says...

StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
I should expect so! Anyone who can't get 5.4 on a bleep test (just starting to break into a jog) has serious issues. Unlike our friends in the fire service who are fighting the government because they're expected to keep a fitness level of roughly level 12 on a bleep test, right into their elderly years.
So what about those police officers who are aged 50 plus and have to pass the same test as someone half their age? Dont care who you are at that age everyone has muscular/skeletal problems. I agree that firefighters 50 plus should not have to pass a test at the same level as a 25 year old, the military have exemptions for age related fitness tests as should police and fire service. As with firefighters its purely a mechanism brought in by government so that people can be discharged under unsatisfactory performance rules.
[quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: I should expect so! Anyone who can't get 5.4 on a bleep test (just starting to break into a jog) has serious issues. Unlike our friends in the fire service who are fighting the government because they're expected to keep a fitness level of roughly level 12 on a bleep test, right into their elderly years.[/p][/quote]So what about those police officers who are aged 50 plus and have to pass the same test as someone half their age? Dont care who you are at that age everyone has muscular/skeletal problems. I agree that firefighters 50 plus should not have to pass a test at the same level as a 25 year old, the military have exemptions for age related fitness tests as should police and fire service. As with firefighters its purely a mechanism brought in by government so that people can be discharged under unsatisfactory performance rules. stevegg
  • Score: 6

11:19am Tue 27 May 14

Mr A says...

All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift.
All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift. Mr A
  • Score: -2

3:23pm Tue 27 May 14

Daza says...

Mr A wrote:
All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift.
What an educated well informed quote! You are probably one of their main customers!!
[quote][p][bold]Mr A[/bold] wrote: All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift.[/p][/quote]What an educated well informed quote! You are probably one of their main customers!! Daza
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Tue 27 May 14

durhamchap says...

Mr A wrote:
All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift.
Er ...... why ?

Are you suggesting Police officers turn up for work drunk? Why not everybody,irrespecti
ve of the job they do? Very strange comment from Mr.A
[quote][p][bold]Mr A[/bold] wrote: All Police officers no matter what rank should pass a breathalyzer test at the start of every shift.[/p][/quote]Er ...... why ? Are you suggesting Police officers turn up for work drunk? Why not everybody,irrespecti ve of the job they do? Very strange comment from Mr.A durhamchap
  • Score: 1

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