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Realistic Running Test For Police Recruits

Realistic Running Test For Police Recruits

New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark has called on the Minister of Police to provide a progress report on the review of Police recruitment criteria.

“Following our submission (last December), that anomalies in the application of recruitment criteria were resulting in suitable applicants being knocked back, the Minister and Commissioner both agreed that a Police review of the recruitment criteria was timely.

“Our submission was based on examples like the excellent former British police officer who had made his own way to New Zealand only to find himself subjected to higher demands than those who had been recruited directly from the UK," said Mr. Mark.

“Our research of a number of police jurisdictions internationally also confirmed that the run time was unnecessarily and ridiculously demanding – even more so than for the New Zealand Defence Force! While gender-balanced the test is certainly not age-balanced, and that is contrary to the criteria applied to both the elite Special Tactics Group and the Armed Offenders Squad.

“Some thoroughly suitable applicants who marginally failed the running test were almost immediately accepted for overseas forces. Others won’t apply at all for fear of being denied entry on the patently silly basis of an over-demanding running test at which they only get a couple of shots.

“To catch smart crooks you need smart cops and there can be no compromise on intellectual requirements. Neither can there be any compromise on issues of honesty and integrity, or in relation to past criminal behaviour.

"There can be no lowering of standards, but with a major recruitment drive in front of us, we urge the Minister to release the findings of the review, and to take urgent action to ensure that realistic standards are applied fairly throughout the police recruitment process. Let's get on with the job of getting more feet on the beat," said Mr. Mark.

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