The fitness test

As a Police Officer, PCSO, Detention Officer or Special Constable, you will find yourself in a variety of physically challenging situations. You will need strength and stamina to deal effectively with these situations as well as be able to defend yourself and others.

You also need to be fit to handle police equipment safely and to work shifts.

To ensure you are fit enough, you will undertake a fitness test, as part of the application process.

The fitness test will test the following:

  • Endurance
  • Strength

More detailed information about the fitness test can be found in our Police Officer Recruitment - Guidance for applicants.

We also require applicants to complete a swimming test

If this required standard to pass the fitness test is not achieved this will be regarded as a fail and candidates will not be able to progress to the rest of the selection process.


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