The Plump Blue Line


Garda passing out parade in Templemore in 2016

Sorcha Pollock, in The Irish Times, reports:

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has called for a review of the “excessive” bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness training for recruits.

The bleep test, which sees participants do a series of 20m shuttle runs between two points within a specified period of time, forms part of the force’s overall fitness test for trainees and probationers, which also includes press-ups, sit-ups and push/pull strength tests.

It is understood, according to a report first carried by The Star, that a garda was recently dismissed after failing the bleep test, while another 15 officers under probation were served with warnings after failing the test on two occasions.


Garda body criticises ‘excessive’ bleep tests for recruits (The Irish Times)

Related: The Physical Test – Requirements for An Garda Síochana


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14 thoughts on “The Plump Blue Line

  1. george

    22 press ups with not time limit? Do you have to remain in the press up position? Because that is nothing.

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        did you watch the obstacles, reminds me of “crufts fails”
        disclaimer: I get to be a beatch on a Friday afternoon after being nice all week

  2. Sylvin

    If a certain level of fitness is known to be a requirement of the job training, then why are fitness tests an issue??

    1. Nullzero

      Fat shaming is endemic within the Garda hierarchy. They need to be held to account for their hate crimes. Gardai of all shapes and sizes I say, the fatter the better.

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