North Yorkshire Police officers 'worst for fitness levels'

Police "bleep" fitness test The highest rate of failure was in North Yorkshire, College of Policing figures show

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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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