National Police applicant in Spain given second chance

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The National Police Training School has been ordered to reinstate candidate after court ruling. Source: Flickr Archives

A CANDIDATE has been given a second chance at becoming a serving National Police officer after he was dismissed from the training program for an injury he sustained in 2011.

The Superior Court of Justice of Madrid has ordered the National Police School to accept the student back into the training process.

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The student, who has not been named, was ejected from the program after a medical exam saw that he had a ten centimetre scar on his right leg near his ankle. He had received an operation to repair a broken fibula back in 2011.

The student’s lawyer, Antonio Suárez-Valdés, argued that the candidate’s injury had completely healed after the surgery.

“The mobility of the right ankle is complete and not painful, even if the last degrees of mobility are forced; this surgery achieved a complete reduction of the fracture, which consolidated completely developing an adequate bone callus.” explained Valdes.


A clause in the Police training documents states that a candidate will be removed from the force if it is found that he/she has received “alterations of the musculoskeletal system that limit or hinder the development of the police function.”

However as he has retained full movement in his leg, this was when he sought legal advice on how to proceed.


Antonio Suárez-Valdés has warned that this is not the first time this situation has occurred, “there are hundreds of people who suffer this type of situation every year in contests for access to police forces”

“I encourage all those who are in the same situation to defend their rights constitutionally before the courts and no longer to be quiet before this type of injustices”.




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