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Compulsory fitness tests for all Lancashire police officers
4:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
COMPULSORY fitness tests are being introduced for all police officers to ensure they can keep up with operational duties.
Two types of bleep test will be used to measure the endurance of regular bobbies on the beat as well as specialist officers, including those in the armed response and dog patrol teams.
The new annual test comes as part of the Government’s Winsor review into policing terms and conditions.
Insp Andy Moore, who oversees training at Lancashire Police, said there had always been annual assessments, but that the new rules would ensure all officers were making the grade.
He said: “This is a relatively new thing and it is good to maintain standards.
“There is quite rightly an expectation from the public that officers are fit and healthy to do their job.
“We are also required to keep ourselves fit. It is in the code of conduct.
“But the level is achievable.
“I am responsible for implementing the tests within the force, so I make sure I am above the top standard.”
The test for beat officers will see them have to complete shuttle runs over 15 metres at increasing speeds.
And specialist police staff will have to pass a similar test, but at a higher level relevant to their job.
They also have to prove they have adequate upper body strength by doing a push and pull test.
Officers who fail the test will be put on a strict training regime and have two more chances to pass.
From September next year, officers who fail three tests will face disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the force.
Det Sgt Moore said: “Within Lancashire, we also provide all our officers with general advice.
“We have been doing it for quite some time.
“We offer sessions such as aerobics classes and circuit training, but it is important to stress that the officers do this in their own time, not when they are on duty.
“Officers on operations have to have a certain level of fitness and endurance and so I think these tests are a good thing to make sure they are at the required standard.”
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