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Police review: Fit officers 'more capable'

15 March 2012 Last updated at 12:42 GMT

A police officer's fitness could be checked annually with disciplinary procedures facing any officer who fails the test three times.

The recommendation is among major changes to police pay and recruitment in an independent review commissioned by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The review, by Tom Winsor, says there should be higher minimum educational standards for new police recruits.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Winsor said that the issue of physical fitness in the police was an important one as fit officers are "more efficient, more capable".

He also said police work was a "demanding job", so the issue of physical conditioning was also a matter of safety.

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