The Courier-Mail

Fat cops to be nipped in the butt


PO­LICE Com­mis­sioner Ian Stewart is forg­ing ahead with his rad­i­cal plan to en­sure the state’s 11,500 crime fight­ers do more in the bat­tle of the bulge.

Three years af­ter he first flagged the con­tro­ver­sial re­forms, Mr Stewart re­mains de­ter­mined to con­vince unions and doc­tors of the mer­its of of­fi­cers be­ing given fit­ness tests and free GP vis­its ev­ery two years.

“It’s cer­tainly still on my radar be­cause I think it is in the best in­ter­ests of our of­fi­cers, the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and the com­mu­nity as a whole,” Mr Stewart said.

“We’ve got peo­ple who have been in this or­gan­i­sa­tion a very long time, and they’ve never had to worry about this. My real vi­sion is about im­prov­ing the health of our or­gan­i­sa­tion and our peo­ple.

“I want them to be just as well the day they leave as when they ar­rive.”

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