If trouser size is anything to go by, our cops are not what they used to be

2010-03-19 13:11

FOR

some reason I always had the impression that if one wanted to be a police

officer or traffic official, you needed to be super fit and have a good

body.

Perhaps

the impression came from movies – seeing how law officials had to negotiate

obstacle courses and be able to run around a field hundreds of times without

losing much breath. Or perhaps I just made it up?

Either

it has never been like that or things have changed drastically. Don’t get me

wrong, I’m not judging anyone as I have a bit of meat on my bones too.

Most

times when I see police or metro officers stopping to get lunch at their

favourite fast-food joints, the images are not of super-toned officials.

I

think being a metro cop is probably the easiest way to get a job and you don’t

have to work really hard either.

According to the joburg.org website: “JMPD

officers undergo training in criminal law, community policing and police

ethics.”

Recruits

need a valid driver’s license and no criminal record to qualify for the

six-month course. Those who do not have a matric certificate undergo assessment

by Technikon SA to determine whether they have the necessary literary and

numeracy skills for the job.

I

stumbled on a quotation document for uniforms for the Johannesburg Metro Police

Department (JMPD). It was an order sheet for trousers. The order was for 1 310

pairs ranging from sizes 30 to 44. The two smallest were for 50 units while the

others ranged from 100 to 310 units.

It

made me compare the physique of our officers today to those of ten years ago. I

guess you can’t blame them when these days their duties include standing in the

shade, leaning against their cars and taking turns to pull motorists off the

road to look for a reason to fine them.

When

they’re not doing that, they’re sitting in comfortable camper chairs with laser

radar guns fining motorists – also in the shade and most times out of

sight.

A

few years ago I can remember police and metro officers being much more active

and actually doing physical work.

Back then, they could run after a criminal AND

catch them.

So

if you’re looking for a job and you don’t have a criminal record, why not sign

up to be a JMPD officer? The requirements don’t seem too stringent and you’ll be

doing your country a service.


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