(NY POST) – The NYPD is being dragged down by overweight cops — and the brass isn’t doing anything about the ballooning problem, police sources told The Post.
“We really are the world’s largest police department,” said one veteran cop who’s worked in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx.
“We’re the fattest police department in the country … because we have no requirement to stay in shape.”
Some cops are terrified that their out-of-shape colleagues won’t be able to provide back-up in physically demanding situations — if they don’t keel over from the exertion.
“If you have a 300-pound partner who can’t even run up a flight of stairs. … it’s dangerous for everybody,” one cop said.
Some police departments across the country use incentives to keep their cops in shape, with Chicago awarding a $350 bonus for passing a fitness test and Columbus, Ohio, giving out cash, vacation days and ribbons.
In 2015, surveillance video caught two tubby NYPD detectives unable to chase down a shooting suspect who escaped from custody and outran them in Harlem — with both hands cuffed behind his back.