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Hundreds fail police fitness tests

Hundreds of police officers continue to fail new fitness tests which are set to become mandatory in a few weeks time, official figures show.

Some 352 officers fell short with 2% failing overall in more than 13,000 tests across 32 forces, latest results from the professional standards body the College of Policing said.

After taking part in the 15-metre ''bleep'' shuttle run test, some 138 of the 10,265 male officers who took part, an average of 1%, and 214 of 3,693 female officers, an average of 6%, were unsuccessful.

The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory on September 1, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

If an officer fails the fitness test at the first attempt, it is advised that at least two retakes are permitted before forces use "unsatisfactory performance" against the participating officer.

Rose Bartlett, recruitment standards policy manager at the College of Policing, which has released fitness test guidance for forces, 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."

The worst failure rates were seen in North Yorkshire with 16.2%, Lancashire with 6.4% and South Yorkshire with 5.4%

In the latest results, Humberside and Surrey were the only two forces who boasted a 100% pass rates for across all officers.

The Winsor recommendations stated that all officers should be made to take a ''bleep'' test annually , with participants having to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in shorter and shorter periods, reaching level 5.4 - four shuttles at level 5.

Today's results follow a batch of nearly 30,000 police fitness tests, published by the College in May, which showed officers had an overall pass rate of 97%.

The figures from 37 forces showed male officers achieved an average pass rate of 99%, while f emale officers achieved an average pass rate of 92%.

Since the College began collecting results from forces in September 2013, which ran until May 2014, a total of 42,197 officers attended the test and 41,038 passed, giving an overall pass rate of 97%.

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