Dozens of unfit police officers face the sack after failing fitness tests

Stock picture of a police officer on the beat to go with story about levels of fitness among Lancashire police officers
Stock picture of a police officer on the beat to go with story about levels of fitness among Lancashire police officers
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Unfit police officers on Wearside could face the boot after a probe revealed dozens couldn’t even pass a basic police fitness test.

It comes after a Freedom of Information request by the Echo revealed just over one in 30 officers from Northumbria Police were deemed not fit enough to police the public.

The new-look health MoT involves a ‘bleep test’, where officers walk and slowly jog for less than four minutes in 15-metre bursts, along with light weightlifting.

The new mandatory tests were implemented last September.

To date, 2,948 officers have sat the exam, with 90 individual officers falling short of the pass mark.

Two inspectors failed the exam, although the vast majority were constables.

A total of 80 officers failed once, eight failed it a second time, while three have failed the exam three times.

Officers usually have three attempts at passing the test. If they fail it a third time then the force can open up disciplinary actions.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We have a high pass rate – however, those who do fail are given all the support necessary to improve their fitness to pass the test.

“If they continue to fail the test then support is given to each individual in what is a small minority of cases.”

In the Durham Police area, 29 officers were found to have failed the exam making about one in 30 officers, including an inspector, are deemed not fit enough.