Disclosure Details

Fitness test - 1130/15

Dated: 06 Jan 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act') 

Thank you for your e mail dated December 2 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

 As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Please tell me how many police officers took an annual fitness test in 2015

2. Please give details of what the annual fitness test involved

3. Please tell me how many of these police officers failed the annual fitness test in 2015. Please tell me how many of these were male and how many were female

4. If it is recorded, please tell me how police officers employed by your force have a BMI of a) 25 - 29.9 and b) 30 or above

5. Please tell me how many police officers had their employment terminated for being overweight or obese in a) 2011 b) 2012 c) 2013 d) 2014 e) 2015 If possible, for each case, please tell me a) their sex b) their weight c) their BMI


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. 2510 police officers took an annual fitness test in 2015

2. The annual fitness test requires officers to complete the Bleep Test to the level of 5.4 for frontline operational roles. This is the minimum requirement. Specialist roles require officers to reach a higher level of fitness again tested by using the Bleep Test.

In addition to the Bleep Test, Northumbria Police also uses the Chester Treadmill Walking Test which is designed to test the fitness of officers who are unable to undertake the shuttle/beep test due to a musculo-skeletal condition(s), as advised by Occupational Health.  The test involves walking on a treadmill continuously for 9 minutes whilst the gradient of the treadmill gradually increases from 0% to 12%.   The speed of the test is constant throughout at 3.8mph.  This test is deemed to be the equivalent of level 5:4.  The test will be administered by Officer Safety Trainers

3. 42 of these police officers failed the annual fitness test in 2015.  15 of these were male and 27 were female.  Any officers failing the fitness test would usually be required to  re-take this test within 6 weeks, however this would depend on the reason for the failure and may be extended with the necessary support in place.

4. Details of officers' BMI is not recorded.

5. No officer has had employment terminated due to obesity


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

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