Hundreds of police officers fail fitness tests

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HUNDREDS of police officers have failed fitness tests since they became compulsory, figures have shown.

More than one in 50 of the candidates who have undergone testing since the autumn have failed to make the grade, and two-thirds of those who did not pass were women.

Compulsory fitness testing was introduced last September, and for the first year, officers who fail will not face any punitive measures.

But from this September, those who fail three times will face disciplinary action.

Figures obtained from 27 forces in England and Wales after a freedom of information request showed that of 13,024 officers who have been tested since September, 353 failed – a proportion of 2.7 per cent. Of those, 236 were women, 67 per cent of the total number of officers who failed to pass.

In Durham, 216 officers took the test with three failing – all women.

Northumbria have not yet started testing and so could not provide figures.

Compulsory fitness testing was brought in after recommendations by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.