SUPERFIT Sussex bobbies are among the best shape of any officers in the country according to new figures.
Some 2,093 officers have undertaken the recommended fitness test and 98.3 per cent have passed compared to a 97 per cent average across the country.
The 15 minute shuttle run is based on research to match the aerobic demands of officer safety training. In September last year the College of Policing issued interim guidance on how forces can carry out police fitness tests following a recommendation in the recent Winsor Review. Since then, the majority of forces have been testing the fitness of their officers using the recommended test. The results from those tests are being collated by the college so it can carry out an equality impact assessment before the test becomes a requirement for all forces in September 2014.
Adrian Rutherford, head of human resources at Sussex Police, said: “We are pleased with our officers’ excellent pass rate, which is above the national average. We have introduced fitness testing in a supportive manner with champions on divisions, support on line, practice runs and guidance. It shows our officers’ commitment to achieve the required fitness levels in an effort to serve the community as best we can.” The College of Policing introduced the shuttle run in September following the Winsor review of police officer and staff remuneration and conditions.