Seven Northamptonshire Police officers fail to pass standard fitness test

Wootton Hall, Police Headquarters. ENGNNL00520130925110335
Wootton Hall, Police Headquarters. ENGNNL00520130925110335

Officers from Northamptonshire Police have scored the second worst pass rate in fitness tests, latest results from the College of Policing have shown.

The College of Policing has published its latest results from 32 forces who mostly carried out the tests between March and May this year.

The results show that 75 out of 82 officers from Northamptonshire Police passed the test, a pass rate of 91.5 per cent.

However, this was the second lowest result with many larger forces such as West Yorkshire, Thames Valley and Devon and Cornwall scoring close to 100 per cent.

The national average was 97 per cent.

The statistics show that 21 out of 25 female officers and 54 out of 57 male officers in Northamptonshire passed the fitness test.

The fitness test, which is due to become mandatory in September, involves 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 guidance requires that officers, who undertake Personal Safety Training, should be able to achieve a level 5:4 on a 15 metre shuttle run.

If an officer is not able to pass the fitness test at the first attempt, the college advises forces to provide support and allow a series of at least two retakes.

If all appropriate support measures and alternatives have been delivered and the officer is still unable to achieve the required standard, the college advises forces to use the unsatisfactory performance procedures.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the figures only represented a “narrow snapshot.”

The spokesman said: “Over the longer term, we are running at a fail rate of below five per cent.

“The small number of our officers who do fail the fitness test are given an action plan which instructs them on how to improve their fitness, with advice on nutrition and how to take regular exercise.

“Our aim then is to re-assess those officers who have failed the test within 12 weeks.”