Unfit officers off frontline

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Last updated 15:33 29/05/2013

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Out-of-shape police officers have been put into remedial programmes to get fit.

Three months ago, the police revised their fitness standards, saying staff who did not make the grade would not be allowed to serve on the front line.

Of the 245 officers who have failed the test, 180 were injured, sick or on leave, and 65 were simply not fit enough.

Those officers would serve in a range of non-frontline roles, human resources general manager Alan Cassidy said.

"This will have no impact on our service to keep the community safe or detract from our ability to respond to crime, crashes and other incidents," he said.

"While we want to ensure every officer is fit for duty, the small number yet to meet the requirement represents a very small percentage of the total number of constabulary staff that are required to hold a current physical competency test [PCT]."

Ninety-seven per cent of the force had reached the standard, he said.

All constabulary staff were required to hold a current PCT to be deployed as of March 1.

The PCT:

- Push a trailer 10 metres.

- Carry a car wheel 10m.

- Run 200m.

- Walk along a 1m-high, 5m-long right-angle beam.

- Jump a 1.8m long jump.

- Run around cones for 30m.

- Climb through a 1m-high window.

- Drag a 75-kilogram "body" 7.5m.

- Scale a 2m-high fence.

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