Why do we have fitness tests?

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

To find out more about our fitness test and some tips to help you do your best, please read our Fit to Pass guide