Dutch police overweight and out of shape
Dutch police unions and the Council of Police Commissioners believe a compulsory fitness test scheduled to be introduced next year will prove to be too much of a challenge for many serving officers.
A recent test showed that a large number of officers needed far too much time to complete the test's obstacle course. According to the unions, about half of all officers would not pass the fitness test in its present form.
As of next year, police forces will have to take disciplinary action against out-of-shape officers who fail to pass the test. They will not be sacked, but could be transferred to a desk job.
The unions and the force commanders fear that this could lead to a shortage of officers on the beat. They argue that requirements should be eased, in particular for older police and female officers.
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