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05-28-07, 07:49 PM #1
Flap over fat in Los Angeles Police Dept.
Published: May 26, 2007 at 11:33 PM
LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is restoring former body fat standards after critics said the LAPD had too many recruits who carry too many pounds.
The department relaxed its standards on body fat two years ago as part of a drive to get more officers. The allowable percentage for men was increased from 22 percent to 24 percent and for women from 30 percent to 32 percent.
"My concern is we are getting police officers through the system who are grossly overweight," City Councilman Dennis Zine, a former LAPD sergeant, told The Los Angeles Times. "I believe it is part of this mad rush for new police officers, but they were replacing quality with quantity."
Deanna Stover, the medical administrator for the LAPD Personnel Department, resigned Friday after a group of nurses wrote a protest letter saying recruits were being passed who were in poor physical condition.
The department decided Friday to revert to its former fat standards.
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