A government commissioned review into the police force in England and Wales has recommended that police officers undergo annual fitness tests and those who fail the test three times should face pay cuts.
The review was conducted by Tom Winsor, a former rail regulator, who found that nearly three-quarters of policemen in some areas are obese. Winsor added that the public would be surprised to know that the physical condition of the police force is never assessed.
The report recommended that the police force, including senior ranks and chief constables, undergo annual fitness tests starting from 2013. While initially the tests should comprise "shuttle runs", running sprints on a 16 yard track, they should be upgraded to more stringent tests from 2018 including crawling, jumping, balancing on a beam, climbing over a wall and dragging a body.