Annual fitness test for police

The widest-ranging review into police pay and conditions in 30 years has recommended that all officers should be made to take an annual fitness test and face a pay cut and disciplinary procedures if they fail it three times.

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Winsor: Pay cuts and more education for police

The starting salary for police constables should also be cut, from the current £23,500 to £19,000 for someone with A-levels but no police-related experience or qualifications, Tom Winsor said.

And new educational requirements should also be brought in, with applicants needing three A-levels at A to C or equivalent qualifications, NVQ level three.

"It just makes a lot more sense," he said.


Police must get fit, says Winsor report

Police should face annual fitness tests, the Winsor report says.

Tom Winsor's report recommends officers should have to take an annual fitness test, with those who repeatedly fail, facing a pay cut.

An initial annual test requiring officers to reach level 5:4 on the bleep test should be brought in by September next year, Mr Winsor said.

This is equivalent to an average speed of 8.8kph (5.5mph) for three minutes 35 seconds, he said.

But this should get tougher by September 2018, along similar lines to the test currently used in Northern Ireland, which includes climbing over walls and pulling bodies.

Review recommends overhaul of UK policing

Tom Winsor's report recommends an overhaul of UK policing. Credit: Press Association

Chief constables should be able to make any officer redundant as part of budget cuts, ending the prospect of a job for life, the review said.

Tom Winsor's review also recommends applicants should be able to enter the police service directly at inspector rank, and, "after rigorous testing", at superintendent rank.

Mr Winsor said: "It is clear that the existing pay system is unfair and inefficient.

"It was designed in 1920 and has remained largely unchanged since 1978."

But he added: "Officers who work on the front line, exercising their powers as constables in the most difficult circumstances, have nothing to fear from this review."


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