Ninety-seven per cent of the police force is physically fit, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg has claimed.
“A year ago, the annual physical fitness test was conducted wherein 90 per cent of the police personnel completed the listed exercises in prescribed time,” said Garg adding that just over 5 per cent of the personnel who could not complete it in time were given couple of chances more and over a period of time they managed to improve on their physical fitness.”
This year the physical fitness test is scheduled to begin from the first week of next month in which around 6,000 police personnel will be screened.
Last year, around 2 to 3 per cent of police personnel in the force had to be exempted from physical fitness test owing to some medical conditions, informed Garg.
“Being in the police force, it is must to be physically fit and it is also for personal good. I would encourage police personnel including the general public to devote time for physical fitness,” said Garg, who himself devotes at least an hour a day for physical fitness training.
“Last year those who were found to be below the average were issued warning letters and were advised to improve on their physical fitness. Later they were given another opportunity and managed to complete the task (physical fitness test),” informed Garg.
The police personnel will be divided in four categories in the age groups of 18-30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60. Similarly there will be separate categories for lady police personnel. Depending on the category, there will be various events such as long jump, pushups, chin ups, running, walking etc. Each one has to complete set parameters. The police personnel will also go through body mass index checks and the results will be part of their fitness test that will reflect in the ACR.
It was Garg who had decided to take stringent measure to make the annual physical fitness test more meaningful wherein those who fail to complete the exercises in stipulated time will get a mention in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) which is one of the aspects taken into consideration while deciding on promotion.