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Should fat police officers suffer a pay cut?

Police officer’s fitness could be checked annually with disciplinary procedures facing any officer who fails the test three times. The recommendation is among major changes to police pay and recruitment in an independent review commissioned by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The review, by Tom Winsor, says there should be higher minimum educational standards for new police recruits. It says some should join directly as inspectors and superintendents.

The BBC’s home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said under the review – which only affects England and Wales – chief constables would have powers to make police officers compulsorily redundant to cut costs – at present they can do this only if police have served for 30 years or more. There would also be new powers to remove police officers who are on restricted duties and cannot return to work. The report found 52% of male officers in the Metropolitan Police were overweight and 1% were “morbidly obese”.

Putting more officers on the beat and out of their cars might be a simple solution to this obesity problem?  I think this report contains some good ideas and I think that having officers who can merely waddle rather than run is an issue that has to be dealt with urgently.

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4 thoughts on “ON THE BEAT?

  1. Isn’t Lord er sorry LARD Prescott trying to become an elected Police chief? If these rules applied to him, just once he’d be value for money, provided he wasn’t paid more than a pound.

    He’s fat, he’s round, he’s paid only a pound, Lard Prescott King of the Right Punch to the Ear.

    You can add your own tune to that one!

  2. Stay out of Dunkin Donuts fellas…..The calorie squad is on the prowl.

    Seriously, and spoken with a full plate of experience, the police officer’s work lifestyle is detrimental to his or her health. Most work swing shifts, rotating from 8-4 to 4-12 to 12-8 on a weekly or 10 day basis. It’s difficult to maintain a regular eating schedule and almost impossible to get a solid 8 hours of sleep.

    Sure a 21 year old might have the discipline and the drive to keep fit by hitting the gym for 2 or 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.

    But, soon marriage, kids and a hefty mortgage arrive and any spare time is spent “moonlighting”. That and advancing age is where the rot inevitably set in.

    I’m certainly not making excuses for the “bubble-butt” copper, but I am stating the facts those who chose a career in law enforcement must live with.

  3. It seems to me that to expect ageing policemen and women to pursue active duties involving physical expenditure in excess of their age is wrong. Surely there are ‘in station’ and other duties which would suit such police officers and to which they could be transfered at an appropriate time in their careers?

  4. Of course there should be an annual fitness test for all police officers. I am an ex soldier and have seen the benefits of this practice. I take on board the comments above about the horrible shift patterns Police officers are asked to work, but again its no differnet to what the military are asked to work. Perhaps a solution to this would be incentivised shift patterns. Volunteers for night shift get a better rate of pay and/or better holidays. A bit of thought could do away with all the excuses and unfit coppers.

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