Police in Sussex fitter than the average officer

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POLICE officers in Sussex are fitter than the average officer in England and Wales, according to the force.

Some 2,093 officers took part in the recommended fitness test and 98.3 per cent passed. This compares to a 97 per cent average pass rate 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.

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.”