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The police will be forced to pass annual fitness tests from next year after a new report finds that two thirds of offiers are overweight or obese.

An official report found that 44% of officers in London are overweight and 19% are obese. If an officer fails the fitness more than three times then they will be liable to a pay cut of close to £3000. Currently police officers are tested when they join the force but not again. 



Male officers were shown to be the worst, with 54% overweight, compared to their female counterparts, of whom only 32% were classified overweight. 



Tom Winsor, who carried out the report, said: “The public has a right to expect fitness from all police officer who protect them. We need officer to be physically fit, as we saw in the riots. “



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