Unfit Cops Off the Beat

Thought this image apt to the topic!

Thought this image apt to the topic!

Hundreds of unfit New Zealand police will be pulled from the front line and only allowed back on the streets when they are in shape, under rules which came into force today.

The rules require all constables, sergeants and senior sergeants to hold a current Physical Competency Test (PCT) to be deployed.

About 95 per cent of the staff held a current PCT, and there were 331 staff without one.

The PCT was a 400-metre course, and included tasks like dragging a body seven meters, climbing a wall, and climbing through a window (see the list below).

Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush said the rules meant the public could trust police were fit enough to do their jobs. Bush said New Zealand was one of very few countries with a physical standard.

Completion times for the PCT course were determined according to the officer’s age and gender.


– Pushing a car trailer 10 metres
– Carrying a car wheel assembly 10 metres
– Running 200 metres
– Walking a five metre right-angle beam, a metre off the ground
– Jumping a 1.8 metre long jump
– Running around cones and under and over hurdles for 30 metres
– Climbing through a one metre-high window
– Climbing over a solid 1.8-metre high wall
– Dragging a body 7.5 metres
– Climbing a 2.2 metre-high wire fence.

Read the full article here. To me, this is pretty tame compared the to Physical Appraisal Test (PAT) required to get into the New Zealand Police. Check out the requirements below (from the Police website) – my question is: why not have everyone maintain this level of fitness of the PAT, rather than the lower PCT?

Male – 2.4 km run

  • Under 20 years: 10 min 51 seconds
  • 20 – 29 years: 10 min 15 seconds
  • 30 – 34 years: 10 min 50 seconds
  • 35 – 39 years: 11 min 30 seconds
  • 40+ years: 12 min 15 seconds

Female – 2.4 km run

  • Under 20 years: 12 min 54 seconds
  • 20 – 29 years: 11 min 50 seconds
  • 30 – 34 years: 12 min 25 seconds
  • 35 – 39 years: 13 min 10 seconds
  • 40+ years: 14 min 10 seconds

Vertical jump ability. For men this should be at least 48 cm; for women, at least 40 cm.

Press Ups. The number of correctly executed continuous press-ups you can do. For men this should be 34 or more; for women, 20 or more.

Grip Strength. A test of your grip strength which ensures you have the grip and forearm strength to operate firearms and to restrain and handcuff people. For men the combined total of both hands should be at least 96kg; for women, at least 52kg.

Plus the swimming… in my opinion the PCT is a waste of time compared to the level of fitness new recruits (no matter their age) must achieve through the PAT.


About Stu Dunn

With a background in sales and behavioural science, I enjoy learning more about people, behaviour, psychology - which led into motivation - and more recently - sales again. Having started my own real estate company with my wife, it's time to merge interests.
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