More than 500 police officers failed basic fitness test in a year

PUBLISHED: 11:01 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:20 22 July 2016

An appeal has been renewed for witnesses to a hit and run. Photo: PA Wire

An appeal has been renewed for witnesses to a hit and run. Photo: PA Wire

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More than 500 police officers in the Metropolitan Police force failed fitness tests in the space of 12 months, new figures have revealed.

Out of the 26,637 officers who took the test, 26,084 passed, a rate of 97.9 per cent.

The figures released by the College of Policing show that men in the force are more likely to pass than women.

Of the 20,642 male officers, 20,313 passed, a rate of 98.4 per cent.

But female officers achieved a lower pass rate of 96.3 per cent, with 5,771 of 5,995 officers passing.

The figures apply for tests taken between September 2014 and August 2015.

The police fitness test requires officers to run 525 metres in three minutes 40 seconds or less, with the bleep test.

National lead for fitness testing, assistant chief constable Jo Shiner, said: “These results show that the vast majority of officers tested were fit and meet the standard required of them to protect the public.

“We know from previous years that slightly fewer female officers are passing and the College of Policing guidance on fitness tests has been carefully designed to support officers who are in this position, including advice on positive action measures such as specialised training and mentoring programmes.

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