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Rob Beschizza at 5:54 am Fri, Jun 22, 2012
In their defence I can’t imagine that a senior officer needs to do a lot of running.
That said a waistline rule is a little personal (and misguided), aren’t there better metrics for fitness? Like measuring their fitness?
I don’t see how you make a fitness rule without it being “personal.”
There are certainly better metrics for fitness, but probably no radically better ones that you can administer in 10 seconds per officer.
You could measure their ability to do the job. Like be able to run 1 km within a specified time then tackle somebody. That sort of thing.
That would require dedicating resources to testing them and creating a testing system which would be far easier to bypass via bribery.
Chief Wiggum: “Look at you men. You’re a bunch of marshmallows!”
Officer: “Why don’t you try, chief?”
Wiggum: “Because I’m too…important.”
Lets make tougher restrictions, that way even more people will fail!
Help them get fit? What a ridiculous idea!
What kind of help do you propose they need? New shoes?
Remember that your solution needs to scale to over 14,000 unfit officers.
What is wrong with a weight limit? They are public servants, for FSMs sake! ALL police should have min requirements for service. They are paid (by the people) to be able to respond to crisis. I wonder about the fat-ass country cops we have in America, must be a nice living.
Tangential surprising aspects of this story:
1) They measure waistlines in inches in Pakistan?
2) There are only 19,000 cops in Punjab, which Wikipedia tells me has a population over 90 million? In comparison, New York City has 35,000 cops for a population of 8 million.