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Date Responded 10 April 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. What annual fitness assessments/tests are done on our front line police officers?
  2. How many officers took part in assessments/tests in 2014-2015, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 (April to April)
  3. What does an annual fitness assessment/test entail?
  4. What was the pass rate for fitness assessments/tests in 2014-2015, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 (April to April)
  5. If an officer fails a test what happens?
  6. If an officer fails a test how long do they have to get back up to fitness?

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.


Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

1. Officers are required to undertake an in-service fitness test. The test can take place in the form of a shuttle/bleep or treadmill test subject to the officer’s needs/requirements.












3. . The shuttle/bleep test involves running continuously between two points that are 15 meters apart against timed intervals. Officers must cross the marked line at either end before the bleep sounds and reach standard/level 5:4. (The standard/level is higher for officers who perform certain specialist roles)

The Chester Treadmill Police Walk Test (CTPWT) is designed to test the fitness of officers who are unable to undertake the shuttle/bleep test due to medical grounds or musculo-skeletal condition(s) on the advice of Occupational Health. After a suitable warm-up the officer is required to walk at a brisk pace (6.0km/hr) on the treadmill. Every 2 minutes the gradient is raised by 3%. On satisfactory completion of 8 minutes the officer will have achieved the minimum recommended fitness standard.

4.  Detailed below are the number of officers who passed fitness tests in the periods requested.  The pass rate is not held within Force systems, however this can be calculated from the set of figures provided.











5. If an officer fails to attain the required fitness level for their post, their line manager will be notified.  Line management will immediately arrange for the officer to re-take the test within a 6 week period. Within this timescale, the officer will be provided with appropriate support and advice from trainers and line management.

6. Up to 6 weeks. Officers who have been unsuccessful on two occasions will be considered for access to external support.

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