Request / Response
- Does the force currently conduct in-service fitness tests on frontline police officers?
- In fitness tests conducted by the service since 1st April 2012, how many serving police officers a) have taken and b) failed the test?
- Please explain how a pass/fail is determined (i.e. is there a ‘pass mark’, and if so, what is it?)
- Are mL?kg-1 ?min-1 (or VO2) scores recorded? If so, how many officers scored a) less than 42 mL?kg-1 ?min-1 and b) less than 35 mL?kg-1 ?min-1
- How many police officers are currently on restricted duties? (I would appreciate total numbers, rather than an FTE equivalent, if applicable)
- How many police officers do you currently employ? (I would appreciate total numbers, rather than an FTE equivalent, if applicable)
- What is the average age of your serving police officers?
- If figures are available, in each of the last three financial years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13) how many serving police officers a) retired or b) were dismissed as a direct result of lack of fitness (rather than as a result of an underlying health problem)?
DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. Please find attached a redacted document. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for your second question – relating to the number of Officers who have taken the a fitness test.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.
In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice your second question – relating to the number of Officers who have taken the fitness test. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (c)
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached 3881_PIT.pdf.
Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:www.west-midlands.police.uk/advice-centre/accessing-information/freedom-of-information/review-and-appeals
Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.