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Police question new fitness tests

Posted by: 3AW Breakfast | 7 July, 2010 - 8:01 AM
John Burns - fit enough to become a policeman?

The Police Association is questioning the relevance of a new fitness test for police recruits.

While the new test will not apply to current officers all new recruits will be expected to pass the test two times a year.

The Association's Greg Davies says the police need to fine tune the testing regime which includes push-ups, agility tests and swimming.



VIDEO: John Burns tries some of the new police fitness tests. Warning: John Burns may stick his finger up at you!

Blog comments Your Say

  • I do believe that it is just right that police officers gets a yearly fitness test because in my opinion it is a part of their job to be in top form all the time. I would however agree that there should be a different level of test for the the female officers.

    Classic kettlebell Monday 16 July, 2012 - 2:26 AM
  • Vicky, 100% agree~! It's time to introduce psychological testing for braid~! For far too long too many officers have been promoted PURELY on the basis of suspect crime statistics, instead of being promoted on "management ability", as in the ability to handle any given situation in a professional manner, particularly in relation to staff motivation & deployment. Too many braid live in their own little fantasy world and have become a 'protected species', surviving in the system only through lack of any independent accountability. Victoria Police has recently gone from one extreme to another, and the last thing we need in this state are do-good theorists who have no practical Police experience whatsoever, otherwise known as wankers~! Victoria Police also had a habit of promoting some psychologically disturbed staff, just to keep them occupied & out of the way. We need psychologically sound, professional managers & investigators, not rank amateurs with psychological disorders. Victoria Police, it's time to start living in the REAL world~!

    Lenny Thursday 8 July, 2010 - 5:18 AM
  • Policing requires fitness all round - it should not just apply to new recruits. If police can't do their job they need to be managed out of the job. This is just a joke. Overland looks like he could chase down a bad guy but others who work the van don't. Make them all stay fit so they can catch criminals.

    the Truth Wednesday 7 July, 2010 - 5:49 PM
  • I dare wonderland and command do mental disorder tests as well.

    Wendy Wednesday 7 July, 2010 - 5:00 PM
  • I think some psychiatric tests are also required for all police of or above the rank of Inspector.
    There is no point focusing only on physical health and forgetting about mental health.

    Vicky Wednesday 7 July, 2010 - 4:55 PM
  • Fitness tests should apply to all Police officers, new and existing.A healthy body a healthy mind.

    Tom Wednesday 7 July, 2010 - 11:13 AM

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