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98 per cent pass rate for fitness tests

Just two per cent of officers have failed their fitness test according to figures released by the College of Policing today.

The figures show an average pass rate of 98 per cent based on a total of 93,956 tests carried out between September 2014 and August 2015.

Matt Robinson, secretary of Leicestershire Police Federation, welcomed the statistics which also revealed Leicestershire officers achieved slightly higher than the national average pass rate with 98.8 per cent

"There was much concern about the introduction of compulsory fitness testing after the Winsor reports," says Matt, "But these figures show forces have responded well and in the vast majority of cases officers are passing these tests.

"I am a little concerned that there is not a standard approach to fitness testing in every force. This is something that needs to be put right if failing an annual test is to result in a sanction.

"As a Federation, we were all worried that women and older officers may be more likely to fail the test and that has been borne out in these results. This issue must also be addressed in the interests of fairness and equality."