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  • Overweight Officers

    I am not a slimjim, i am 5'11 200 pounds. I am not round either, i have a 35 inch waist, i bench 300 pounds and run 3 times a week.

    It just kills me, that atleast 30% of the officers i see are extremely overweight!
    New people are even hired in that are to big. I don't care if you can pass the easy physical test. I want to know if you can hall *** across the yard and still have the breath to help me or others when you get there?

    I work with officers that are out of breath just by climbing to the second floor dorm.

    Is this just me who believes that there should be some sort of standard for officers to meet, at any age or time in? I mean i dont expect my 50 year old captain to meet the same requirements as me, but he shouldn't be 5'9 and weigh 300 pounds either!
    "Losers give excuses...Winners make it happen"
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  • #2
    Everyone's got to take the people they can get. Look around you. 30% of people in general are obese. We are becoming a nation of lardasses. Why should prison agencies get all the studs, for a whopping $20,000 to $30,000 a year starting?
    "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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    • #3
      There are a lot of overweight people in ohio corrections and general public. I agree with you there should be some kind physical fitness standards but it won't happen here. I know you are just starting out but chime back in with your weight in a few years, I bet you gain a few pounds. Lets face it there is no physical exertion in this line of work so gaining some weight is fairly common.

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      • #4
        Nah, i've vowed to stay away from the state food in the lunch room, lol.

        There are alot of people that also are in great shape in our department, older and younger.

        I made it sound like everyone was a 700 pound beast, or that being large made you a bad officer which it does not lol. Having a few pounds is ok if you carry yourself well. I am refering to the people who's belly's are so large you can't see their duty belt.

        When an officer walks across the yard and up to the second floor and looks like he is going to pass out. Wouldn't that be a safety risk?

        I mean yes i am a boot, but i still don't see how anything can justify having custody personel that out of shape.
        Last edited by Ford4v460; 09-26-2006, 09:19 PM.
        "Losers give excuses...Winners make it happen"
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        • #5
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          Overweight Response, I think that there should be some kind of weight standard for correctional officers. Especially if you are required to wear the correctional officers uniform, you should be able to wear it with pride.
          Another reason for weight control is for safety standards, you should be able to preform the job as a correctional officer without running out of breath.
          C O Big Dawg
          GDC

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          • #6
            It's actually a positive thing that someone is speaking out about this IMO.

            Where I work,( Correctional Service of Canada) there are a lot of revoltingly fat officers.

            I know it's sedentary work, often in confined areas and God knows that the poor nutrition that comes with shiftwork and stress not to mention other associated issues like alcohol consumption...

            As time goes by I notice that the CO's who have a clear committment to a healthy lifestyle ( physically fit, don't smoke, watch weight) are the ones who age gracefully and seem less burnt out, less bitter and have fewer personal problems.

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            • #7
              OK well i have to take this from the other side of things.

              Im a C/O who is over wieght. Now granted no I do not want to be so, its where I am at right now, and working on getting rid of it. Here is the thing though, I am not one of these fat asses who just sits around all day. I can carry myself well, I do have a decent muscular build, and do nto get out of breathe doing mundane easy things (like stairs). I can hold my own in a fight and can outlast some of the thinner officers.

              I think there is a difference between the guysy who can hold their own and do their job safely and those who are just lard asses. BTW im 6'6" 370 lbs, and I still bet I could run faster then some of you smaller guys. Some of us do work out, but are still large. I eat right and work out, but im still big not much I can do to help that. there is something to be said about the guys who are my size who work out like feinds but just cant get rid of it.

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              • #8
                10-4 MCSD. I too am of the squishy persuasion, but at the waist only. 315 bench (2 reps btw), dip my weight and occassionally jog. Can't see my belt but the last thing an inmate will see is my fist to his head.
                One Shot, One Kill. Anything else is just pu(ff)y!

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                • #9
                  I dunno, we have a few large officers at our county jail. Its nice though when we get an aggressive drunk in and we have to fight him. All it takes is our 300 pound guy to come sit on them and they cooperate real quick.
                  Yes, yes I am sure you NEED that new car. Don't be a financial moron.

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                  • #10
                    We have a few officers who are a little round in the middle...

                    I am 36 years old, 5'9" tall, weigh 157 lbs. (fully dressed), 32" waist.

                    I keep in shape by working out 3-5 times per week. I do lat press (100 lbs. 25x), shoulder press (100 lbs. 20x then 10x), leg press (90 lbs. 15x, right leg only-- trying to strengthen it), do 100 sit-ups, curl dumbbells (20 lbs. 25x each arm), run 1-2 miles (9:07 mile-- I know still slow but working on it), and 10-15 pull-ups. I also do push-ups (50 per set) during TV commercials, and leg-lifts while watching TV.

                    I figure a few hours a day sitting on my butt during my shift and eating not-so-wonderful food doesn't help, so I try to keep in shape as much as possible.

                    Matt
                    Last edited by Matt-NC; 09-28-2006, 06:28 PM.
                    Everyone's a "tough guy" behind the bars!

                    I/M: "Why is you always treatin' us like we is locked up in prison?"
                    Me: "Uhhhhhh... Because you ARE?"

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                    • #11
                      It's embarassing seeing ridiculously overweight Officers walking around in the same uniform as I wear. I take pride in my Profession and my Uniform and you all should too.

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                      • #12
                        in 23 yrs of service, maybe we look for or they stand out more in corrections, or sheriff's deputy's in jail's....i seen the same and equal
                        amoungst, road patrol and fire service as well,

                        however, they ( the police and corrections officers ) can and do deliver
                        emergency ' street justice' when called upon to do so....
                        " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
                        " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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                        • #13
                          be careful what you ask for... do you want to see a 99lb guy comin in for your help or the 350lb guy??? we got both here and ive got to say that its nice to have some weight to throw around...(im aout 230lbs and 6'2") i say if they can get to where they need to be in a good amount of time and still preform well then i dont care...

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                          • #14
                            Okay,

                            I really do get tired of my fellow "employees" (and I use that as generically as possible) where we are supposed to support each other, I am of the overweight/fat persuasion but I tell you what!

                            I can run anywhere I need to and still fight! I maybe worn out by the time we are done but dangit I can get the job done. Yes it is a really bad thing when some one cannot negotiate stairs with out getting winded, now in their defense and not knowing them MAYBE they have other issues, like asthma or something else but in my opinion if you can't negotiate the stairs then no you are not right for the job. I take pride in my uniform, and yes I am working hard at losing my weight but it takes time. How DARE you say that some one who is overweight/fat DOESN'T take pride in their uniform! I would absolutely not want to work with you. It's bad enough that overweight/fat people have to worry about the inmates (they don't really bother me) but also having to worry about what their fellow security staff thinks about them and ARE you judging that they won't be able to make it because of the way they look?? Or are you basing it off of the fact that they can't walk of the stairs with out getting winded? It has to take a pretty small human being to look at some one and assume that because of the way they work that they can't do the job as well as you!! I have seen people in "better shape" than me who can't do the job 1/2 as well as I can!

                            I will now step down off of my soap box.

                            EDCF_COIv

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by EDCF_COI
                              Okay,

                              I really do get tired of my fellow "employees" (and I use that as generically as possible) where we are supposed to support each other, I am of the overweight/fat persuasion but I tell you what!

                              I can run anywhere I need to and still fight! I maybe worn out by the time we are done but dangit I can get the job done. Yes it is a really bad thing when some one cannot negotiate stairs with out getting winded, now in their defense and not knowing them MAYBE they have other issues, like asthma or something else but in my opinion if you can't negotiate the stairs then no you are not right for the job. I take pride in my uniform, and yes I am working hard at losing my weight but it takes time. How DARE you say that some one who is overweight/fat DOESN'T take pride in their uniform! I would absolutely not want to work with you. It's bad enough that overweight/fat people have to worry about the inmates (they don't really bother me) but also having to worry about what their fellow security staff thinks about them and ARE you judging that they won't be able to make it because of the way they look?? Or are you basing it off of the fact that they can't walk of the stairs with out getting winded? It has to take a pretty small human being to look at some one and assume that because of the way they work that they can't do the job as well as you!! I have seen people in "better shape" than me who can't do the job 1/2 as well as I can!

                              I will now step down off of my soap box.

                              EDCF_COIv
                              Thank you for making this statment I was also one of the FAT/OVERWEIGHT C.O.'S Four years ago I weighed 510lbs. I ran the staires durring showers,feeding, and could fight with any body that needed help! So i am sick and tired of all this BULL$@&% about OVERWEIGHT/FAT OFFICERS ! To set the record strait I have seen some of these ''FAT'' Officers do a much better job than some of the ''WEIGHT LIFTERS'' Officers do. I HAVE SEEN BOTH DO THIS JOB, AND HAVE SEEN BOTH RUN AT THE FIRST SING OF TROUBLE! So let this one drop and by the way I had a gastricby pass and now weigh 210lbs. at 6' .
                              FLDOC No Guns Just Guts !!!!!!!

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