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.