Police physical tests too easy

#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!
 
#7
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.
 
#8
braveheart said:
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.
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.
 
#10
Mad_Moriarty said:
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:
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:
 
#12
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?
 
#13
Samhain said:
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?
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:
 
#14
"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!!
 
#15
Wedgy said:
"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!!

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

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#16
Fred_Cat said:
How fit do you actually need to be to be a copper? Can't remember the last time I saw one running.
If you cant catch them, dont bother chasing them. The scrotes come again and are normally walking.

The fitness tests are only carried out prior to joining and over the probation period. Also to undertake arduous courses such as Public Order or Firearms etc.
 
#17
When I joined Hampshire plod bleep test was level 8,5 (15 metres)+push and pull test and grip test (lots of the girls failed this but the PT staff turned a blind eye) and running circuit around a pattern of cones cant remember the timings .

Whilst at Bramshill the tests were the same apart from the bleep test(20 metres).

After training was completed we had to return to HQ for various bits of further training , allways had a bleep test at the start .

On one of these visits the bleep test was reduced to level 5,4 we were told that this was because it was found that this was the highest level to be reached if a female ethnic recruit wanted to wear a sari (sorry for the spelling) .

honest you cant make it up !!!!!
 
#18
I was thinking this myself the other day. I was walking through the City centre when I noticed this Blimp coming towards me. He was so fat that he was having difficulty breathing. Puffing and panting just to maintain a slow walk.
There was no way he could have run after anyone.
It seems that the Police are dropping standards on many fronts:
Fitness - as in above
Qualifications - as in many previous arrse threads
Height - I saw another a few weeks ago and I swear she must have been only just 5ft tall.

What next, allow former jailbirds and fish to join?



Quack
 
#19
intli said:
Samhain said:
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?
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:
Thanks, I think I'll have to do a little investigating as he's being a bit on the evasive side (I know he misses the army) so am wondering if he's trying to get back to something similar! lol
 
#20
Wedgy said:
"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!!
Thats gobble a duke, you can chase someone as long as you like but having said that a force got sued because some criminal fell and hurt himself when the very keen officer chased him over walls roofs etc etc, the reason for it was something like over furious pursuing or similar lefty pinko ballcocks.

As for the fitness levels there's a massive gap between what a specialist, who are by and large fit, and a beat officer who has no annual fitness test or incentive to keep fit, has to achieve and i think it'll bite forces on the arse when they try to recruit more specialists (eg firearms, public order, dog handlers)

the gym in my force HQ is like something from the dark ages and now the H&S nazi's want to close it down too.

All this from a service which is supposed to promote health and fitness.
 

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