Your individual general medical
fitness for the job will need to be verified by your own GP,
Optician and The Forces Medical Practitioner.
The tests which you will need to
An Eye Sight Test:
You will need to be able to read
clearly the first two lines of the eyesight chart unaided as per an
opticians test. This equates to 6/36 unaided vision in each
Body Mass Index (BMI) Check
The healthy weight range is based
on a measurement known as your body mass index (BMI). This can be
determined if you know your weight and your height. The actual
calculation is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height
(in metres) squared.
Guidance and easy to use charts on
how to calculate your BMI can be found by clicking here.
The NHS advises that a BMI of 18.5
to 24.9 suggests a normal healthy weight. This means your body is
not a risk of weight-related disease.
Inaccuracies in BMI can occur if you are athlete or very muscular
as this can give you a higher BMI even if you have a healthy level
of body fat. In these cases as part of the recruitment process, we
will be able to provide a simple test to assess the percentage of
your body fat.
BMI standards for Police Officers
are set by the Home Office. The current Home Office Circular
59/2004 outlines this as between 18 to 30. Applicants who do not
meet this standard may find their application delayed and/or will
not be appointed.
You can use a BMI calculator
by clicking here.
General Health Check
This is a range of tests including
the normal blood pressure checks / hearing tests and associated
Home Office standards can be accessed by clicking here.
If you have any medical condition,
recent injury, recent surgery or a condition that you are being
medicated for, we suggest you take the above standards to your GP
and discuss with them to determine whether any of these conditions
may preclude you from applying.
Should you be deemed unfit for the
job based upon your individual circumstances then at that point you
will be informed you will no longer be able to continue with an
application on these grounds.
Should you pass the Medical
Requirements standard your application will be continued forwards
to the next level.