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Fitness Test (3329_13)

Your request for information, received 26 February 2013 has now been considered. I apologise for the delay in providing this response, which was caused by an increase in the volume of requests and staff abstractions. Your attention is drawn to your right to ask for an internal review (below) or to pursue the matter with the Information Commissioners Office at

Request / Response

  • Do people have to undertake a fitness test to enter the force?
  • Do officers have to undertake regular fitness tests during time in the force? If so, how regular are these tests?
  •  How many officers took that test in 2012? How many passed and how many failed?
  •  How many officers took the test in 2011? How many passed and how many failed?
  •  How many officers took the test in 2001? How many passed and how many failed?
  •  What happens if an officer fails that test?


We can confirm that the 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. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the number of officers who passed the fitness test.


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 the number of officers who passed 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 3329_PIT.