Fail fitness test, get pay cut: British cops toldMarch 16th, 2012 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 16 (IANS) Policemen in the British capital face a massive cut in their salaries if a fitness test finds them to be fat.
Security personnel would be asked to prove they are fit enough to catch criminals. They will be required to run a 15-metre test every year, and face pay reductions if they fail three times.
According to The Sun, around three quarters of male officers and staff in Scotland Yard were overweight or obese.
The fitness test to begin next year will ask policemen to run at an average speed of around nine km per hour for 3 minutes 35 seconds.
“I think the public will be surprised that after passing a fitness test at the point of entry, except in special units like firearms, physical fitness is not tested again in a 30 to 35-year career,” said former rail regulator Tom Winsor, who carried out the review.
Scotland Yard chief Bernard Hogan-Howe said if police fail to stay fit, “it is right they should face some kind of sanction”.
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