By Pat Kelly. Police in the UK may face pay cuts if they are deemed too obese to do their jobs.
Following a study that revealed the equivalent of three-out-of-four London police officers were either overweight or clinically obese, authorities have decided to put the officers through an assault course each year to assess their fitness.
According to Reuters, if the officers fail this fitness test three times, they will face losing 8 per cent of their salaries and even forced retirement after two years. The assault course will consist of a beam-balancing exercise, wall-climbing and dragging a weight for a specified distance.
The government-commissioned survey found that of the of more than 11,500 London officers — some of whom were desk-bound — 44 per cent were overweight, 19 per cent were obese and 1 per cent were ‘morbidly obese’.