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North Yorkshire Police officers 'worst for fitness levels'

  • 15 August 2014
  • From the section England
Police "bleep" fitness test
The highest rate of failure was in North Yorkshire, College of Policing figures show

Officers at North Yorkshire Police have the worst fitness levels of 32 forces surveyed in England and Wales, figures show.

The force had a 16.2% test failure rate, with Northamptonshire coming in second at 8.5% and Gloucestershire with 7.5%, the College of Policing said.

Overall, 352 officers failed in more than 13,000 tests that become compulsory next month.

Humberside and Surrey were the only forces that boasted 100% pass rates.

North Yorkshire's Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, said the study did not assess results of all tests officers undertook.

"The actual pass rate for North Yorkshire Police officers who have taken the fitness test is 94.6%, with 1,153 officers passing the test out of 1,219 who have taken it so far," he explained.

"The results issued by the college today are taken from a small snapshot in time and include the results of only 74 tests.

"Support, advice and encouragement will be provided to any officers who are struggling to reach the required fitness level."

'Bleep test'

Rose Bartlett, from the college, said results showed the vast majority of officers tested are fit.

The new tests were brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

The endurance test involves a series of shuttle runs between two lines 50ft (15m) apart at a steadily increasing pace controlled by means of a speaker emitting "bleep" signals in decreasing time periods.

Officers will be expected to pass the bleep test on an annual basis.

Force Number attended Number passed Pass rate
Avon and Somerset 160 157 98.1%
Bedfordshire 353 350 99.2%
Cambridgeshire 207 205 99.0%
City of London 353 352 99.7%
Cleveland 344 339 98.5%
Derbyshire 226 217 96.0%
Devon and Cornwall 1568 1546 98.6%
Dorset 151 145 96.0%
Durham 321 317 98.8%
Dyfed-Powys 242 237 97.9%
Essex 562 542 96.4%
Gloucestershire 240 222 92.5%
Greater Manchester 1051 1027 97.7%
Gwent 225 219 97.3%
Hampshire 801 796 99.4%
Hertfordshire 351 342 97.4%
Humberside 19 19 100%
Lancashire 344 322 93.6%
Lincolnshire 188 187 99.5%
Merseyside 309 300 97.1%
Norfolk 560 538 96.1%
Northamptonshire 82 75 91.5%
North Wales 536 522 97.4%
North Yorkshire 74 62 83.8%
Nottinghamshire 355 346 97.5%
South Yorkshire 646 611 94.6%
Suffolk 297 291 98.0%
Surrey 696 696 100%
Sussex 74 72 97.3%
Thames Valley 2048 1987 97.0%
West Yorkshire 597 585 98.0%
Wiltshire 138 137 99.3%

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