Talk about a big problem—London residents recently shared their concerns over what is being considered the city’s fattest cop serving on the police force. According to a report from the Daily Mail Thursday, Sgt. Andy Sharp, also known as Plodzilla, is being classified as London’s fattest officer.
Sharp first drew attention after photographers captured him patrolling a protest on Waterloo Bridge in London against the National Health Service (NHS) cutbacks last month. The sergeant’s exact weight is currently unknown, but residents have already shared their alarm of his large mass.
See photos of “London’s Fattest Cop” Sgt. Andy Sharp here.
“How can he possibly chase and catch crooks?” said one unidentified onlooker. “This chap wouldn’t be able to scale walls and nick anyone—he’d be out of breath in seconds.” A separate witness said Sharp wasn’t a “good example” for other officers; another suggested he wasn’t healthy enough to serve saying, “I can’t believe he’s passed all the health tests cops must have to go through.”
According to the Daily Mail, the Metropolitan Police Federation established a measure this year that plans to possibly dismiss workers and cut checks (up to $3,000) if they’re unable to properly complete fitness exams. Recruits are currently mandated to be tested for fitness abilities before joining the force, including running and strength tests.
A spokesperson for the federation confirmed that there is no requirement for a regular fitness test for officers and defended recent accusations against Sharp, saying, “We are confident that all operational police officers have the required levels of physical fitness to carry out their duties safely and effectively.” The Sun, which first referred to Sharp as "London's fattest cop," reported that a spokesperson revealed Sharp is a “usually desk-bound” worker despite his recent public appearance.
Chief Chairman of the Metropolitan Police, Brian Tully, released a statement Thursday in response to the Sun's report stating he is "disappointed" over the title given to Sharp. "It is regrettable that the Sun have chosen to focus a full page article on this subject rather than paying attention to the many examples of great work that officers perform on a daily basis," he said.
A recent survey of 2,000 Metropolitan Police members found that only 35 percent of officers were of normal weight, 44 percent were considered overweight, 19 percent obese and 1 percent morbidly obese.