Police Commissioner puts juniors to shame in fitness test

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall. Photo / APN
Police Commissioner Peter Marshall. Photo / APN

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall has put many of his junior officers to shame, completing the police fitness test with plenty of time to spare.

The 59-year-old had three minutes and 26 seconds to complete his physical competency test (PCT), but came in at two minutes and 56 seconds.

The test is not a requirement for commissioned officers, but Mr Marshall said he felt it was the right thing to do as the leader of the police force.

"I want to be able to look frontline staff in the eye and tell them that if I can get a PCT at nearly 60, then it's not beyond the realms of possibility for others who are comparatively fit.

"It certainly isn't easy to attain a PCT, but I intend to continue being operationally deployed, just as I have in the past two years of my tenure."

More than 360 front-line officers currently have not passed the PCT who, Police National Headquarters deputy commissioner Mike Bush said, would not be "operationally deployed" until they had.

Weight loss business Jenny Craig has offered a complimentary programme for police wanting to shape-up.

The PCT involves completing a 400m course which includes:

- Pushing a car trailer 10m
- Carrying a car wheel assembly 10m
- Running 200m
- Walking a 5m right-angle beam, 1m off the ground
- Jumping a 1.8m long jump
- Running around cones and under and over hurdles for 30m
- Climbing through a 1m-high window
- Climbing over a solid 1.8m high wall
- Dragging a body 7.5m
- Climbing a 2.2m-high wire fence

- APNZ

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