London: British police and support staff must prove their fitness in annual tests or have their pay docked after a survey found 64 percent were overweight, obese or morbidly obese.
The report into police pay and conditions suggested that officers who failed a fitness test three times should be disciplined and could lose 8 percent of their salary, as much as £3 000 (R35 000) for some. It follows a survey of more than 11 500 officers which found that 44 percent were overweight, 19 percent obese, and one percent morbidly obese.
The review, which comes as the government seeks to make cuts to police budgets, recommended other changes which would allow officers to be sacked, cut starting salaries, raise the pension age and require staff to have better qualifications. – Reuters