The Florida Highway Patrol has a new incentive for its tubby troopers to lose
An officer who tips the scales more than 15 pounds above recommended weight
will be ineligible for the $500 performance bonuses just instituted by the state,
the Reuters news agency reports.
But to Sgt. Jim Rhyne, the 6-foot-4-inch FHP union chief who weighs in at 270
pounds, a performance bonus based on weight is bad policy. "I'm not advocating
obesity," Rhyne said. "Our issue is, is job performance affected to
the point that they shouldn't be eligible for the bonus?"
Highway patrol spokesman Capt. David Tripp countered that it's a safety issue
rather than a weight issue. "When you've got to jump out of a patrol car
and chase the bad guy and handle the stress ... to do that you're going to have
to get healthy and stay healthy," he said.
Source: Reuters, via Lycos