So, this article is really interesting to me (Kudos to my buddy Mike over at zumewalk.com for posting about it here) and I wanted to share it with you guys. Also, I want to know your opinions.
Basically, this 52 year old cop had worked for this police department for 25 years and had been a Detective for a while, then was switched to patrol duty. He then got fired because of his weight. Now, the decision has been overturned.
Here's my opinion:
I think he should NOT be on patrol, and the removal from that position should stand. If I’m being attacked and this cop comes up to get the criminal and the criminal runs, the criminal is getting away. I don’t want someone on patrol duty who is physically unable to perform his job at the standard it needs to be. That’s why I’m not a cop, and I appreciate the fact that cops, firemen, military soldiers (take my super hot, ridiculously in shape friend Andrew as a great example), etc, are IN SHAPE. There’s a reason for it. I know if I got attacked and my buddy Andrew was there, the guy wouldn't even have a chance to run before being dropped like a bastardized hot plate of crap cookies.
Now, I think the officer should be offered a different position, like a desk job or something to stay with the precinct if he wants to - it should have just been a matter of “you’re not qualified for this position in your current physical condition.”
What about all of you?