“…500 cops ‘would flunk new tests’…”

“…A police fitness trainer says some frontline officers are “hiding” from internal requirements – and have avoided completing tests for up to 15 years.

And the most recent physical competency times recorded by about 500 officers – meant they would fail proposed new guidelines.

The comments were made in the April edition of the New Zealand Police Association’s Police News.

They follow debate over improving fitness of frontline officers, in light of the August 2010 fatal heart attack suffered by Whanganui officer Stephen McCarthy, 54 –

– who died after a physical competency test.

He was overweight, a smoker, and on medication for angina.

In the Police News article, Wellington police physical education officer Graham Wallwork said some officers hadn’t completed a test for 15 years…”

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