…at least, while their union holds the balls of the senior leadership in their hands and says ‘Now, we don’t want to hurt each other, do we?’
Fitness tests designed to ensure that police officers can move fast enough to catch criminals have been quietly watered down for fear of legal action and compensation claims.
All employees – including chief constables and civilian Community Support Officers – were intended to do annual running exercises as part of stringent plans to reform policing culture.
But ahead of the first national fitness tests in September, the plans have been watered down by a Home Office advisory group, so that…
Ooooh, can’t wait! *gets popcorn*
Anyone who fails will be ‘supported’ in line with procedures for unsatisfactory performance, rather than disciplined.
Yes, I see the hand of the union in this…
Officers who are ‘anxious’ will be allowed to do practice runs in a ‘non-threatening environment’.
What?! If we have police officers who get ‘anxious’ about performance, I suspect we have a far bigger problem than the fact they have a bit of wiggle in their walk..
Some officers could also be spared the test altogether, with the police ‘union’ claiming detectives would not have to.
*sighs* So much for ‘The Sweeney’…
The guidance, published last month by the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales, makes clear that much of the board’s caution is a response to the growing compensation culture within the police.
That says it all, doesn’t it?