South Yorkshire police officers pass fitness tests

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New figures show 97.3 per cent of South Yorkshire police officers have passed new fitness tests set to become mandatory within weeks.

The professional standards body the College of Policing has revealed that 1,366 police officers have taken the bleep test and 1,329 have passed.

The new fitness test, which will become compulsory on September 1, was brought in after recommendations made by Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.

If an officer fails the fitness test at the first attempt, it is advised that at least two retakes are permitted before forces use ‘unsatisfactory performance’ against the participating officer.

Rose Bartlett, recruitment standards policy manager at the College of Policing, said: “The results show that the vast majority of officers tested are fit.”