Cleveland and Durham police officers put through new fitness tests

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THE region’s police forces scored highly in results of their latest fitness tests.

A total of 665 active officers in Cleveland and County Durham took part in the tests with only a handful failing to make the grade.

Both forces scored higher than the national overall pass rate which was 97 per cent.

A total of 344 Cleveland Police officers had their fitness levels tested with 339 passing with flying colours or 98.5 per cent.

Durham Constabulary also performed well with 317 out of 321 officers meeting the required standard.

The new fitness testing, which will become compulsory from September, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

Rose Bartlett, recruitment standards policy manager at the College of Policing, which released fitness test guidance for forces, said: “The results show that the vast majority of officers tested are fit.

“The new guidance issued to forces has been designed to provide supportive measures to help officers to pass and the College has now commissioned research in order to understand why women and older officers have a lower pass rate. The College will continue to monitor the results of police fitness tests and support forces in helping officers to pass.”