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Job Related Fitness Test

Question

This FOI request relates to disability and the job related fitness test [JRFT]. For the period 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2015 please tell me:

1. What was the criteria in your police force for undertaking the JRFT?

2. What was your total police officer strength during this period?

3. How many police officers had classed themselves as disabled during this period?

4. How many police officers were classed as restricted [through medical reasons] or on adjusted duties during this period?

5. How many officers undertook the JRFT in this period?

6. What percentage of those officers that took the JRFT were disabled?

7. Of those that undertook the JRFT, what percentage were restricted [due to medical reasons] or on adjusted duties?

8. Of those that undertook the JRFT, what percentage had classed themselves as disabled?

9. What percentage of overall officers did not take the JRFT?

10. What reasons did these officers not take the JRFT?

11. How many officers have received a sanction [of any type, including management action] for failing the JRFT?

12. Were any of those officers disabled, restricted [because of medical reasons] or on adjusted duties?

13. Does your force offer an alternative JRFT for those whom are disabled or who have mobility issues?

14. If so, which alternative test[s] do you offer?

15. Please state how many officers undertook which alternatives during this period.

Answer

The job related fitness test (JRFT) for in-service police officers undertaking personal safety training became mandatory at the end of January 2015. The standard for the test is the same irrespective of whether the individual is looking to join the service or is already a serving officer.

Q2. As at 31st August 2014, there were a total of 2,716.04 (FTE) police officers in the constabulary. As at 30th September 2015, there were a total of 2,687.14 (FTE) police officers.

Q3. As of 30th September 2014, 82.46 (FTE) police officers had declared a disability. As of 30th September 2015, 91.77 (FTE) police officers had declared a disability.

Q4. As of 30th September 2014, 85 (FTE) police officers were on restricted duties on medical grounds. As of 30th September 2015, 114 (FTE) police officers were on restricted duties on medical grounds.

Q5. A total of 1,066 officers took the JRFT during this period.

Q6. No disability declarations were made.

Q7. This information is not recorded.

Q8. No disability declarations were made.

Q9. This information is not recorded.

Q10. This question is not applicable.

Q11. No failed fitness tests resulted in any disciplinary action.

Q12. This question is not applicable.

Q13. At present, Avon and Somerset Constabulary do not offer an alternative fitness test. However, we are awaiting ratification for an alternative test.

Q14. This question is not applicable.

Q15. This question is not applicable.

FOI Ref: 426/16

Date of Request: 17.03.16