Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Police go the extra mile on fitness


Police go the extra mile on fitness

Almost three months after the introduction of revised fitness standards for Police officers, 97% of all staff required to have a current Physical Competency Test (PCT) certificate have achieved the mark – the organisation’s best ever result.

Alan Cassidy, General Manager Human Resources and Organisational Development, said the current PCT certification rate was the highest ever recorded.

"This is an excellent result given the high fitness standards Police expects of its staff and reflects our commitment to ensuring every officer is deployable to the appropriate level."

Mr Cassidy said the remaining 245 staff that did not have a current PCT included 65 who had not yet passed the test for fitness reasons, while the remaining 180 comprised those who were injured, ill or on leave of various types.

As of 1 March, all constabular staff (Constables, Sergeants and Senior Sergeants) are required to hold a current PCT in order to be operationally deployed. Commissioned officers are strongly encouraged to attain their certificate, with Police Commissioner Peter Marshall, 59, among those to hold a certificate.

Mr Cassidy said that for many, the final deadline had proved the appropriate motivation they needed to take the steps required to bring their fitness up to par.

“There are many examples where individual officers have embraced the challenge, including one who built his own PCT course at home and practised until he passed, while in the case of another officer, the PCT assessment led to the identification of a previously unidentified medical condition that could have had more serious health implications if left untreated. Another officer, 69, also recently passed after overcoming an injury and is the oldest serving member to have a current certificate.”

Mr Cassidy said remedial fitness plans were in place for the small number of staff who were still to attain their PCT, in order to ensure they were deployable. Until they attained the necessary certification, they would continue to serve in a range of non-frontline roles.

“This will have no impact on our service to keep the community safe, nor detract from our ability to respond to crime, crashes and other incidents,” Mr Cassidy said.

"While we want to ensure every officer is fit for duty, the small number yet to meet the requirement represents a very small percentage of the total number of constabulary staff that are required to hold a current PCT. However, we are confident that with the appropriate support they will get up to the mark.”

Mr Cassidy said given that Police constabulary staff were fitter than ever before, depictions by some media of overweight and unfit officers quaffing donuts were simply not reflective of a modern New Zealand Police service.

“The images portrayed by some media have far more to do with Hollywood stereotypes than the reality of policing in New Zealand in 2013. We currently have extremely high levels of fitness among our constabulary, and we remain absolutely committed to ensuring every one of our officers remains fit, healthy and able to do the job.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news