I’m noticing a lot of fat cops on patrol and I don’t think this trend is going to dry up anytime soon. This training video shows why an obese cop, Chris Parent (5-foot-9 and 300 pounds), was fired after an unacceptable performance during field testing due to his physical state. It was difficult for him to get from kneeling to standing, he could not fire his gun with correct form during the shooting exercise, and had trouble lifting a handcuffed (mock) suspect to standing. He eventually got his job back after he sued.
After viewing clips from Officer Parent’s training video, what’s your take? Is public safety a bigger issue when obese officers are on patrol?