More than 1,000 police officers have failed physical fitness tests in the past year, official figures have revealed.
The roll of shame was explained as a wake-up call for ministers to act on their ability to protect the public.
London’s Metropolitan Police has the highest number of substandard officers across England and Wales at 337, according to figures released by 25 forces after a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats.
The compulsory test was introduced 10 years ago, requiring police officers to pass a punishing three-and-a-half-minute bleep test at progressively faster speeds over 535 meters.
Professionals such as dog trainers must be held to a higher standard.
Police officers take three attempts to pass the physical fitness test, with six weeks in between to provide more preparation.
Liberal Democrat MP and former police officer Wendy Chamberlain said: ‘Frontline police officers do an incredible job of catching criminals and keeping the public safe.
“But people are right to be concerned that so many police officers are failing the basic fitness test.
“This should serve as a wake-up call to Tory ministers who are failing the public by committing crimes.
“It is vitally important that police officers are physically fit and able to protect the public in the face of danger.
“More tailored support should be provided to those who fail these tests, including providing specialized training where appropriate.”