Many officers overweight and out of shape
The police unions and the council of police force commanders believe a compulsory fitness test scheduled to be introduced next year will prove to be too much of a challenge for many police officers.
A recent test showed that many officers needed far too much time to complete an 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 would not be sacked, but could be transferred to a desk job.
The unions and the force commanders fear that the tough fitness test could lead to a shortage of police officers on the beat. They argue that requirements should be eased, in particular for older police officers and women officers.
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