Police physical tests too easy

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  1. A senior Leicestershire police officer has criticised the level of fitness that recruits need to achieve to join the police.

    Deputy Chief Constable David Lindley said physical tests for applicants had become worryingly easy.

    DCC Lindley said he had taken the physical assessment and was surprised that, as a 54-year-old, he felt he was not challenged by it.

    At last a senior officer has taken this point up. I remember as a teen in the East End of London, we had a local bobby who was a right fat b*****d!. He would never catch you if it was on top! :lol:
     
  2. Maybe applicants are just getting themselves fitter for the assessment! I applyed and I passed the fitness test, but had worked my. arrse off to get fitness levels up!
    Think it's pretty scary when walking around london, and the only policofficer you can see is parked outside macdonalds, and is the size of a space station!
    Think fitness should be assessed and maintained better throughout career! as it's alright being fit when applying but it doesn't help if you loose it once you're doing the job!!
     
  3. haha

    I tried to get the fitness requirements but could only find a couple of tests. Level 5.4 on the bleep test anyone? :)
     
  4. I did the fitness test when I joined the Specials in the Met Police; what a joke! Getting to level 5.4 on the bleep test with the shuttles only 15m apart wasn't the most challenging thing I've ever done. They also give you three strikes, so if you don't make it to the other end in time for the bleep, it's strike one, etc. But then, if you make it to the opposite end in time and get back into it, you get your three strikes again so it really is impossible to fail.

    Three and a half minute fast walk :roll:
     
  5. Or how about a 1 1/2 mile run in 15 minutes anyone? lol. In England at least they made the course longer for new recruits when there was more to learn. In scotland they've taken half the fitness out...It's a joke!

    hey, when I was a special I didn;t even have a fitness test!
     
  6. Im looking into joining the police just now. After aspiring to join the forces but being medically unfit for armed service, i have to say its a complete step down from the military in terms of fitness.

    On a police forum im reading that people are getting to level 3 on the bleep test and being proud. Theres also people applying who are 5"3 weighing 7 stone! I think my farts could create more force than someone of this nature.

    To be fair, you do get your level 12-13 people, built like the side of a brick sh*t-house so its not all bad.
     
  7. Yeah, the fitness requirements for the job are a joke t the moment. level 5.4 on the bleep test and i believe about 40kg pull/push (could be less) on a concept dynameter.

    Yet i see probationers regularly fail to achieve this standard. It's sad, and quite scary. I can't see how they could bridge the gap between this level and that required for a specialist post.

    The job's shot themselves in the foot with this and it's all to make thins easier to reach government targets on the recruitment of female officers.
     
  8. How fit do you actually need to be to be a copper? Can't remember the last time I saw one running.
     
  9. They did the same in the States. A couple of years ago they did a review of the Police Force in NY and found that most Police could not chase a criminal becuase they were so unfit and car-bound. Also limits had been reduced to allow disabled, female, ethnic and physically challenged people over the years to comply with quotas (ring a bell?) that the force was deemed not 'fit for purpose' and an effort was made to turn it around. They are still continuing with tha effort now. :wink:
     
  10. So how fast can a chav run?
     
  11. Hi all,

    This is my first time posting here (hope you don't mind!) my OH has just left the army and is in the process of applying for MOD Police. I'm not entirely sure what (if he's successful) this will mean for us in terms of postings etc. he has explained it to me, but it still sounds a bit vague, for instance, I know they do sometimes work abroad but am not sure if I'll have to stay behind in the UK or be able to go too.

    Can anyone enlighten me?
     
  12. MOD Police have a similar contract to the Civil Service in the sense that it states you can be posted to a location other than that to which you are first assigned. Depending on what job hw is going for however, the majority are usually located near to your home and it is only certain posts that require you to move/relocate/go abroad. Suggest you speak to your o/h and get more details :wink:
     
  13. "Fred_Cat" - "How fit do you actually need to be to be a copper? Can't remember the last time I saw one running."

    I heard this may be down to the fact they're not allowed to chase people over 10 meters as it's a health and safety risk!!
     

  14. :D I had a nasty idea that this was the reason!