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“Fat Man’s Letter”

 

arrested_redditI see permutations of the above on the streets more and more.  Our tax dollars being used to support out-of-shape police personnel who’s ACLU lawsuits have made such a thing possible.

Yes, I understand many officers spend most of their shifts at a desk, or behind the wheel, and it’s more difficult to keep in shape when constantly seated.  And of course, the whole police-doughnut meme.

But, there was a time when keeping in condition was part of the job.

Back-in-the-day, there was a time when a patrolman’s sergeant would send out a fat man’s letter to the officer, advising him that he had X number of days to lose weight or be put on desk duty.  Or worse.

Now, with police unions, their right to be fat like the rest of us seems to be engraved in stone.  Or cellulite.

I remember when I worked for John’s Uniforms back in the 80’s.  At that time, there was no Internet, and very few independent uniform and equipment stores.  As a result, we sold mail order all over the country.  And our business was booming.

We filled many special orders for equipment not available through regular retail channels.  I specifically remember an order for a black, basket-weave Sam Browne duty belt (from a department in Georgia I believe).  THE WAIST MEASUREMENT NINETY-FOUR INCHES!! (94″)  It took a whole steer hide to get one in one piece.

Seriously, how does such an officer pursue a suspect on foot?  Or get into a squad car?  Or even a restroom stall?

I understand the military (with the exception of The Marines and Spec-Ops guys) have a similar problem.  Our tax dollars at work…

daily-morning-awesomeness-204At least he’s using a bicycle.  How he caught him I’ll never know!

Now, I’m overweight and disabled.  But I’m not tasked with public safety, either.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on ““Fat Man’s Letter”

  1. Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

    Posted by Paul Lemmen | July 25, 2014, 7:38 am
  2. You raise a very good question; one wonders if the “out of shape brigade” is a proximate cause of 14 squad cars showing up at an otherwise-minor altercation. Perhaps they think if the suspect is completely surrounded, he’ll be less likely to run, thereby negating any need to give foot chase.

    On the other hand, perhaps I’m over-thinking it.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | July 25, 2014, 8:50 am
  3. Strange to put it mildly… thank you ACLU and unions… More options to shoot when they can’t run too!

    Posted by Old NFO | July 25, 2014, 3:40 pm
  4. Behind the wheel he has chafe marks on his belly.
    If the perp gets out of range of his taser he has two choices, shoot him or give it up.
    Given how infrequently LEOs actually go to the range and practice, my bet is on, ” oh, there he goes…got away, call in the helicopter and dogs.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2014, 5:31 pm

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