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The four worst police forces for fitness

Only two out of 43 forces in England boasted a 100% pass rates for both male and female officers. Credit: PA

Hundreds of police officers have failed new fitness tests which are due to become mandatory later this year, official figures show.

Interim results submitted by 39 forces to the College of Policing showed that 851 officers fell short, with 3% failing overall in more than 30,000 tests.

After taking part in the 15-metre "bleep" shuttle run test, some 253 of the 22,078 male officers who took part (an average of 1%) and 598 of 7,969 female officers (an average of 8%) were unsuccessful.

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

The forces with the worst failure rates were:

  • (1) Suffolk (7%)
  • (2) West Midlands (5.8%)
  • (3) West Mercia/Warwickshire (5.6%)
  • (4) Gwent (5.5%).

Only two out of 43 forces in England boasted a 100% pass rates for both male and female officers. They were:

  • Humberside
  • Northumbria

Data is still not available for the Metropolitan Police, the country's largest force, Lancashire, Gloucestershire and Cumbria.