Obese traffic cops are being reassigned positions in Hanoi, Vietnam so the department can improve their image, Reuters reports March 6. Those cops will be reassigned to desk duty instead of working the streets.
Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, who is head of the Hanoi Traffic Police Department, said the following:
"Little officers, or those with too big a belly will be moved to work in offices instead of guiding traffic and settling violations."
Other complaints have come from citizens in the area that some of the traffic cops are also abusive. They, too, will also be taken off the streets and reassigned desk duties with the obese traffic cops.
Another way the police department has tried to clean up its reputation among citizens, was by appointing highly trained female cops on street corners at the beginning of this year to "cast a friendly light" on the force.
The report went on to say that other crackdowns on obese cops have been made in Thailand, Pakistan, Britain, Indonesia and the Philippines. Those individuals were ordered to lose weight before they were allowed to return back to work.
Will reassigning obese traffic cops desk duties actually help them with losing weight? Perhaps an effective fitness program would be a more powerful addition in slimming down Hanoi's law enforcement.