Gwent Police’s fitness ‘one of worst’

Gwent Police’s fitness ‘one of worst’

Gwent Police’s fitness ‘one of worst’

First published in News

GWENT Police were among the most unfit forces in England in Wales, new figures from the College of Policing revealed.

The figures show results of bleep tests part of new fitness testing, which will be made compulsory by September.

Gwent Police had a 5.5 per cent failure rate, making it the fourth worst out of the 39 forces involved.

Out of 649 police officers from Gwent Police – 613 passed. The male pass rate was higher than the female, with 13 per cent of female Gwent police officers failing the test, as opposed to 2.8 percent of male officers.

The new test was brought in after recommendations made by chief inspector of constabulary Tom Winsor. The Winsor recommendations stated all officers should take an annual “bleep” test. Officers are required to complete a 15-metre shuttle run in increasingly shorter periods, reaching level 5.4 – four shuttles at level 5.

Higher failure rates were seen in Suffolk, West Midlands and West Mercia/Warwickshire. Two forces – Humberside and Northumbria police – boasted a 100 per cent pass rate for both male and female officers.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “The vast majority of Gwent Police officers (94.5%) who have undertaken this test have passed.

“There may be a number of reasons for why an officer fails, and those officers will be given words of advice and support around improving their fitness level. An individual training programme can also be offered to support this process.”

National Fitness working group lead, assistant chief constable Rob Price, was pleased with the overall pass rate of 97 per cent. He said: “The results to date are encouraging and show the vast majority of officers tested are fit.

“Police forces are sending their results to the College on a quarterly basis and an equality impact assessment is being carried out on those results.

“New guidance will be issued to forces later this year with a strong emphasis on providing supportive measures to help officers pass the test.”

Results from forces will be collated until the end of May when the impact assessment will take place.

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7:43am Wed 28 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Oh dear. Are they part of Gwent's 60%?
Oh dear. Are they part of Gwent's 60%? Woodgnome
  • Score: -2

8:05am Wed 28 May 14

Thor at the door says...

I have seen them in action many times. Unfit, no idea and the answer to everything with them is to "log it" and then they will roam around in a car eating cakes and texting.

Not all of them are like this, but I have seen many shapeless and skinny Police officers around who could not aprehend a toddler, never mind some juiced up thug!
I have seen them in action many times. Unfit, no idea and the answer to everything with them is to "log it" and then they will roam around in a car eating cakes and texting. Not all of them are like this, but I have seen many shapeless and skinny Police officers around who could not aprehend a toddler, never mind some juiced up thug! Thor at the door
  • Score: 5

8:44am Wed 28 May 14

KarloMarko says...

I've been told that all the squad cars are being fitted with rubber doors so that the cops can squeeze in and out. They have also got a winch for the sargents so they can sit upright in the canteen.

Brings a new meaning to the phrase PLOD!
I've been told that all the squad cars are being fitted with rubber doors so that the cops can squeeze in and out. They have also got a winch for the sargents so they can sit upright in the canteen. Brings a new meaning to the phrase PLOD! KarloMarko
  • Score: -4

10:05am Wed 28 May 14

snappersearch says...

KarloMarko wrote:
I've been told that all the squad cars are being fitted with rubber doors so that the cops can squeeze in and out. They have also got a winch for the sargents so they can sit upright in the canteen.

Brings a new meaning to the phrase PLOD!
What does "sargents" mean? What is a phrase Plod?
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: I've been told that all the squad cars are being fitted with rubber doors so that the cops can squeeze in and out. They have also got a winch for the sargents so they can sit upright in the canteen. Brings a new meaning to the phrase PLOD![/p][/quote]What does "sargents" mean? What is a phrase Plod? snappersearch
  • Score: 5

10:15am Wed 28 May 14

smartie40 says...

They are so unfit as they do not walk the beat or chase criminals!!
The community police officers are always doing events and really should be out there looking for criminals!!
what are we payng our council tax for?
I hardly see a policeman walking the streets!!
They are so unfit as they do not walk the beat or chase criminals!! The community police officers are always doing events and really should be out there looking for criminals!! what are we payng our council tax for? I hardly see a policeman walking the streets!! smartie40
  • Score: 4

10:47am Wed 28 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Sounds like our WPCs need a few sessions on the treadmill with a failure rate in excess of 400% higher than the men.

Saying that I couldn't help but laugh at a large male PC on biking puffing his way down Chepstow road yesterday.
Sounds like our WPCs need a few sessions on the treadmill with a failure rate in excess of 400% higher than the men. Saying that I couldn't help but laugh at a large male PC on biking puffing his way down Chepstow road yesterday. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 4

11:47am Wed 28 May 14

indy2012 says...

We can start on their fitness, first close down Doug Willis in Llanyravon , then stop them using Asda canteen, but please keep an eye on them, the withdrawal symptoms may be to much for the poor souls.
We can start on their fitness, first close down Doug Willis in Llanyravon , then stop them using Asda canteen, but please keep an eye on them, the withdrawal symptoms may be to much for the poor souls. indy2012
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Topsy23 says...

What a ridiculous story! 95.4% passed the test only a minority did not. As usual the story neglects to mention those who take their health and fitness seriously and work hard to do so. just another opportunity for a police bashing session.
What a ridiculous story! 95.4% passed the test only a minority did not. As usual the story neglects to mention those who take their health and fitness seriously and work hard to do so. just another opportunity for a police bashing session. Topsy23
  • Score: 5

9:14pm Wed 28 May 14

andrew57 says...

there was a few things i was going to write about but it might cause a compo claim.

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there was a few things i was going to write about but it might cause a compo claim. i I t andrew57
  • Score: -1

12:49pm Thu 29 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Headline today:-
Obesity among British girls highest in western Europe
Headline today:- Obesity among British girls highest in western Europe Woodgnome
  • Score: 0

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