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Small rise in police fitness test pass rate for female officers

Page 6 lead picFemale police officers across England and Wales have recorded a 94 per cent pass rate in the new annual fitness tests – a slight rise on earlier this year

The results of more than 13,000 police fitness tests taken between March and May this year in 32 forces were published on 15 August with officers of both sexes achieving an overall pass rate of 98 per cent.

Of the 3,693 women who took the test 3,479 passed, coming in at 94.2 per cent. Of the 10,265 men who took the test, 10,127 passed (98.7 per cent.)

Results published by the College of Policing In May this year – covering September 2013 to March 2014 -showed that 7,419 women had taken the test with 6,849 passing (92.4 per cent).

A total of 20,820 men took the test between those months with 20,583 (98.9 per cent) passing.

Fitness tests become mandatory for all police officers on 1 September.

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.

The College of Policing has published guidance to all forces which requires that officers, who undertake Personal Safety Training, should be subject to mandatory annual fitness testing and achieve a level 5:4 on a 15 metre shuttle run.

There is an emphasis in the guidance on providing support and advice to officers in order to pass.

It follows results of nearly 30,000 police fitness tests, published by the College in May, which showed officers had an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.

The figures from 37 forces 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).

Rose Bartlett, from the College of Policing, said: “The results show that the vast majority of officers tested are fit.

“The new guidance issued to forces has been designed to provide supportive measures to help officers to pass and the College has now commissioned research in order to understand why women and older officers have a lower pass rate.

“The College will continue to monitor the results of police fitness tests and support forces in helping officers to pass.”

Date posted: August 28, 2014

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