Fat cops are weighing down the NYPD

The NYPD is being dragged down by overweight cops — and the brass isn’t doing anything about the ballooning problem, police sources told The Post.

“We really are the world’s largest police department,” said one veteran cop who’s worked in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

“We’re the fattest police department in the country … because we have no requirement to stay in shape.”

Some cops are terrified that their out-of-shape colleagues won’t be able to provide backup in physically demanding situations — even if they don’t keel over from the exertion.

“If you have a 300-pound partner who can’t even run up a flight of stairs. … it’s dangerous for everybody,” one cop said.

Enlarge ImageEx-NYPD cop Jose Vega provided a vivid example of the problem last week when he filed suit for a job-related disability pension — because his weight soared from 180 to 395 pounds during 17 years on the force.

Multiple NYPD sources blamed the situation on the lack of any fitness mandate once cops graduate from the Police Academy.

“You see some of these officers out there: They’re fat, they’re sloppy, they’re disgusting and they’re not healthy,” one cop said.

The FDNY, by contrast, requires that firefighters and emergency medical technicians undergo comprehensive, annual physicals that include weigh-ins, cardiac exams, blood tests, X-rays and hearing and vision checks.

Those who fail to meet official standards are sidelined until they do, the FDNY said.

In 2015, then-Commissioner Bill Bratton was considering the implementation of a British program that requires bobbies to pass fitness tests, but NYPD officials said nothing came of the idea because it would have to be written into union contracts.

“We don’t have the London model — we have the London broil model,” one NYPD source joked.

Some police departments across the country use incentives to keep their cops in shape, with Chicago awarding a $350 bonus for passing a fitness test and Columbus, Ohio, giving out cash, vacation days and ribbons.

In 2015, surveillance video caught two tubby NYPD detectives unable to chase down a shooting suspect who escaped from custody and outran them in Harlem — with both hands cuffed behind his back.

Some cops are so overweight, they struggle to buckle up inside patrol cars and “need to literally move the seat back so they could fit,” another source said.

One cop told The Post about having to use the stairs with the elevator out while responding to an incident in a Brooklyn housing project. His partner was a woman about 5 feet tall and more than 250 pounds.

“Around the fourth flight, I turned around because I couldn’t hear her anymore,” the cop recalled. “I had to go down to the third flight and find her. She was folded over, hanging on to the wall.

“God forbid there was an emergency, I’m pretty much on my own,” he said.

Another cop recalled how an elite NYPD counter-terror unit set up an obstacle course for applicants, but quickly dropped the test because so few could complete it.

“There was a wall you have to climb, and there were guys who had to walk around the wall because they’re so out of shape,” the cop said.

“It was a 4-foot wall, not the Hoover Dam.”

Only one NYPD union leader, Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins, said he favored enforcing weight and strength requirements.

“More needs to be done to address the physical and mental demands on police officers,” Mullins said.

“Fitness requirements would be a first step toward improving officers’ health and conditioning throughout both their careers and lifetimes. Simply put, it’s vital to officer safety.”


Police Department Puts Corpulent Cops on a Diet

MEXICO CITY — Their bulletproof vests squeeze like corsets, their gun belts lie hidden under rolls of fat. Mexico’s police officers may not catch as many criminals as they should, but they have the reputation of rarely missing a taco stand.

In the sprawling Mexican capital, where both officers and taco vendors proliferate, portly policemen have become such a problem that police officials have begun tracking not only the number of tickets officers issue or bad guys they arrest but also the calories they consume.

To slim down a force in which three-quarters of the more than 70,000 officers are considered overweight, the powers that be have imposed a rather austere diet at official department eateries. Instead of the 4,000 calories that officers used to consume at police cafeterias, the heaviest 1,300 officers are now offered about 2,500 calories per shift. (A person’s caloric needs vary, but for most of the population, 4,000 calories a day is more in line with gorging than simply satisfying hunger pangs.)

Dr. Alfredo Peniche, who runs the department’s medical program, described the rather diverse menu options under the new austerity eating plan, including chicken fajitas, beans, and steak with mushrooms and nopales, or prickly pear cactus, though not all in one sitting.

Officials acknowledge that officers will still be able to grab a bite on the beat, easily defeating the department’s dietary guidelines. “We have to accept that the culture of snacking is present in most of the population, and the police also have this habit,” Dr. Peniche said. But the department still hopes to inculcate better eating habits in the police force.

Nothing wrong here …. move along !

Mexicans as a whole have rapidly expanding waistlines. The Health Department said in a report released this year that obesity levels in Mexico were second in the world only to those in the United States, and the problem is especially acute among the young.

And it is not just large portions that are the problem. Mexicans do not exercise enough, officials say, and a recent government health study found that Mexicans consumed almost twice the amount of salt recommended by the World Health Organization, leading to elevated rates of hypertension, heart disease and kidney failure along with obesity.

Many Mexico City officers are going along with the healthier menus, and initial reports are that waistlines are shrinking. But there is also plenty of cheating as officers admit to supplementing their official fare with more filling food from the street — overflowing tacos, tortas, quesadillas and huaraches, all washed down with sugary sodas.

“It’s good to lose weight,” acknowledged Crescencio Aguilar, 48, an 18-year veteran of the transit police who weighs just over 200 pounds, has a protruding abdomen and was interviewed near a rather aromatic stand selling beef tacos and quesadillas. “But the truth is, the way I am, I’ve been chubby since I was a boy, and it’s going to be difficult to drop down.

He then broke into what can best be described as a belly laugh.

But the police department’s medical team say the problem is serious. Officers’ girth not only affects job performance, making it all but impossible for them to chase down wily outlaws, but also increases their exposure to a plethora of life-shortening diseases. Still, eating habits cannot be changed overnight.

“We can’t tell them, ‘Don’t eat sandwiches and tacos,’ ” Nora Frias, a top police official, told reporters in announcing the diet. “What we can tell them is if you eat one sandwich today, if you eat three tacos today, then balance it all with some vegetables.”

Mexico City is not the only place with plump policemen. A study in Tijuana released in 2004 found that nearly all of the 530 police officers were overweight, and that 42 percent were obese. Cholesterol and blood pressurelevels were also far too high, the study found.

Similar problems were reported in Monterrey, where an overhaul of the department found many officers who were corrupt but many more who were too overweight to effectively do their jobs.

In Aguascalientes, a city in central Mexico, the authorities tried positive reinforcement to help officers lose weight, briefly offering officers 100 pesos, or about $9, for every kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, they shed. The program was recently discontinued after, officials said, the force slimmed down considerably.

Mr. Aguilar, the corpulent officer in the capital, said his wife had been assisting the department’s official weight-loss effort by hiding cookies, cupcakes and other sweets at home. The department cut the calories on the official meals they issued him. The sandwiches grew thinner, he said, and his sodas were replaced with water. Instead of a sugary snack, he got a piece of fruit.

But when Mr. Aguilar is out directing traffic, it is hard for him not to nosh. His churning stomach, he said, compels him to leave his intersection from time to time to add another sandwich or soft drink or two.

“The truth is that you die of hunger if you diet,” he said.

Trump warns Mexican military after troops disarm U.S. Army soldiers on AMERICAN side of the border

  • U.S. Northern Command revealed Mexican soldiers took a pistol from an American serviceman
  • Two U.S. Army regulars, deployed from the state of Washington, were approached by ‘five or six’ armed Mexican soldiers near Clint, Texas 
  • Everyone was in unmarked vehicles, making it difficult for them to know they were facing military detachments from each other’s countries 
  • Trump is warning Mexico to keep it from happening again; he misidentified the U.S. servicemen as National Guardsmen
  • The American soldiers were on the other side of a border fence but still on U.S. soil when the Mexicans confronted them

President Donald Trump warned Mexico’s government on Wednesday to keep its military from interfering with U.S. soldiers who now patrol the border in support of immigration enforcers.

A Mexican military detachment disarmed an American soldier on April 13 after forcing him and another serviceman to get out of an unmarked Customs and Border Protection car, which was on Mexico’s side of a border fence but still on U.S. soil. 

The confrontation took place near Clint, Texas, where the Rio Grande River is the formal border between the two countries. The Mexican soldiers crossed into the U.S. in a section of dry riverbed, according to CNN.

The Mexicans were also in an unmarked truck, dressed in camouflage but wearing no insignia that would identify themselves as military members. 

‘Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. 

‘We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!’

President Trump is warning Mexico to keep its military on its own side of the border and stop interfering with U.S. soldiers on patrol
THAT will not be happening again !

President Trump is warning Mexico to keep its military on its own side of the border and stop interfering with U.S. soldiers on patrol

On April 13 a mexican military detachment wearing no army insignia and traveling in an unmarked truck like the one pictured above, pointed weapons at a pair of U.S. soldiers on the American side of the border

On April 13 a mexican military detachment wearing no army insignia and traveling in an unmarked truck like the one pictured above, pointed weapons at a pair of U.S. soldiers on the American side of the border

There are places along the border where the U.S. has built fences and walls on the American side, including spots where the Rio Grande river provides a natural barrier; that means it's possible to be on the Mexican side of a border fence while still being on American soil

There are places along the border where the U.S. has built fences and walls on the American side, including spots where the Rio Grande river provides a natural barrier; that means it’s possible to be on the Mexican side of a border fence while still being on American soil

Trump railed against America's southern neighbor on Wednesday, cautioning Mexicans that U.S. Army regulars are armed and ready for confrontations


Trump railed against America’s southern neighbor on Wednesday, cautioning Mexicans that U.S. Army regulars are armed and ready for confrontations

The president later tweeted encouragement to U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies, saying that ‘[s]o far this year they have APPREHENDED 418,000 plus illegal immigrants, way up from last year. Mexico is doing very little for us.’

The suggestion that Mexican military personnel were trying to clear a path for drug smugglers is a new one from the White House but has been the subject of discussion within the law enforcement community for years. 

Trump mistakenly identified the American soldiers involved in this month’s incident as National Guardsmen. They were Army Field Artillery Battalion regulars dispatched from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the state of Washington, according to a Pentagon source who also acknowledged that there was no precedent for the encounter.

The Defense Department is now reviewing its procedures to train border-deployed soldiers on how to handle similar incidents in the future.

Officials said the Mexicans were armed with rifles and raised their weapons when they saw the U.S. soldiers, before forcing them out of their car and taking a Beretta pistol from one of them.

The Washington Examiner quoted an official on Tuesday who said the American military personnel followed the right protocol in allowing themselves to be disarmed in order to prevent a firefight or other needless escalation.   

‘That area of the border is kind of confusing,’ another NORTHCOM official told the Examiner. ‘It may have been difficult for them [Mexican forces] to know if they didn’t know the area as well or were new or something. I don’t think — it definitely wasn’t trying to overtake the U.S.’

He told the paper: ‘There was a U.S. Army soldier that was one of the two that spoke Spanish. That was about when they came to realize they were Mexican military.’ 

The president also praised U.S. Border Patrol for stoppoing 418,000 illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. so far this year

The president also praised U.S. Border Patrol for stoppoing 418,000 illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. so far this year

Trump has deployed thousands of Army soldiers to the border, along with National Guardsmen


Trump has deployed thousands of Army soldiers to the border, along with National Guardsmen

They reportedly decided to oblige the men ‘in an attempt to de-escalate a potential volatile situation.’

The Pentagon said in a statement that it had established the Mexican military members ‘believed that the US Army soldiers were south of the border.’

‘Though they were south of the border fence, U.S. soldiers remained in U.S. territory, north of the actual border,’ the statement said.

Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security officials demanded an explanation from the Mexican government. 

The controversy came after Mexico said Saturday that it had ‘deep concern’ about claims that armed groups intimidate and extort migrants on the American side of the border. 

The American Civil Liberties Union and a few Democratic senators have called for a formal investigation into the efforts of citizen militias to block illegal immigrants from crossing.

Theresa May breaks the record for most unpopular Conservative minister

Theresa May has broken the record for the least popular Conservative cabinet minister to date, as ranked by Tory party members, over her decision to postpone Brexit.

The Prime Minister’s net satisfaction rating plummeted to -73.5 this month from -51.2 in March, according to a poll by Conservative Home.

Read moreTheresa May seeks new vote on bill needed to deliver Brexit

May dropped three places to the bottom of the table after being voted more unpopular than transport secretary Chris Grayling, who has faced criticism following a string of bungled decisions, including awarding a no-deal Brexit ferry contract to a company without any boats and botching last year’s rail timetable change.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley and Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis completed the bottom five.

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, remained top of list for Conservative members, however her rating fell from 52 points in March to 40.6 this month.

Geoffrey Cox slipped from third place, on 37.9 points, to sixth with 21.3 points after the attorney general failed to hold the government to its no-deal promise, Conservative Home said.

Meanwhile, chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss rose to second place after maintaining her score at 38 points.

How Theresa May‘s cabinet ministers performed on Conservative Home’s popularity rank:

Cabinet ministerSatisfaction rating
Theresa May-73.5
Chris Grayling-71.1
Philip Hammond-57
Karen Bradley-51.8
Brandon Lewis-46.3
David Gauke-39.6
Greg Clark-36.1
Amber Rudd-36
Julian Smith-28.7
David Lidington-25.6

Read moreTheresa May faces mounting pressure to quit as Brexit talks resume

Airblue Airbus A320 Experiences Runway Excursion

An Airblue Airbus A320-200, registration AP-EDA performing flight PA-613 from Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to Peshawar (Pakistan) with 150 people on board, landed on Peshawar’s runway 35 with a delay of approximately 11 hours.

Veered temporarily to the right edge of the runway, veered back to the left edge of the runway, returned to the center line, in addition was unable to stop before the end of the runway (length 9000 feet/2740 meters) and overran the end of the runway. There were no injuries. The airport was closed.

Telling the TRUTH

Britain’s latest fascist wheeze

£50,000 fine if you put bin bags out on the wrong day

Fly-tip menace: Regency Cheltenham PICTURE: ALAMY

PEOPLE who put their bins out on the wrong days could be fined up to £50,000, town hall chiefs have warned.

CCTV is being used to monitor when residents leave rubbish out for collection and failure to stick to the rules could lead to them being charged with fly-tipping offences, say council chiefs.

The warning follows complaints that a street in Regency Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is constantly strewn with rubbish-filled bags.

A laminated notice posted beside an alleyway in High Street reads: ‘Refuse collection days are Tuesday and Friday. Refuse bags presented outside the hours of 9pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday and 9pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday will be treated as being fly-tipped.’

Ibrahim Dinc, who has owned the Sunrise Cafe next to the alleyway for five years, has backed the council’s drastic action.

‘It’s right. If they don’t write notices on that wall, it’s going to make things worse,’ he said.

He said he did not know who was responsible for putting rubbish out at the wrong times, but added: ‘I don’t think it’s businesses.’

A council spokeswoman said there had been ‘issues with the build-up of waste in this alleyway for some time’.

Residents who leave rubbish in the alleyway outside the specified times will be handed a fixed penalty notice of £400. This will be reduced to £250 if paid within ten days, she said.

‘If the penalty notice is still not paid, the courts will prosecute and this is when the maximum £50,000 could be imposed,’ she said.

If you should ‘see anything suspicious’ …report it!

SEE IT ……….. SAY IT …………. SORTED

Oh and by the way stand back behind the yellow line at ALL TIMES, do NOT run, hold the escalator hand rail, no smoking at ALL TIMES!!! Should you not have a TICKET £80 FINE !!!!! by the way Police are recruiting (and Traffic wardens too)

very sorry ….no speak-a da english

German book taken out during WW2 returned to north-east library after seven decades !!

Librarians at a north-east school were astonished to discover an overdue book had been handed back – more than 70 years after it was first loaned.

The German language book Sprechen Sie Deutsch! by Oscar Burkhard was returned to Peterhead Academy’s library last week.

It was originally taken out by one of the school’s pupils back in the 1940s – around the time of the Second World War.

An Aberdeenshire Library service spokeswoman said: “A book was returned to Peterhead Academy Library last Thursday.

“That’s not an unusual occurrence, other than that the book, Sprechen Sie Deutsch! by Oscar Burkhard, published in 1935, was taken out by a pupil in the 1940s.

“Unfortunately the issue sheet on the inside cover has been ripped so we don’t have an exact date.

“A family returned it to the school, having been clearing out a relative’s house, and had decided to return it to the library.

“It looks well used, with notes in pencil in the margins and the borrower had attempted to stick some pages back in the book.

“Vielen Dank! (many thanks!)”

The inside of the book states that the book is the property of the Aberdeenshire Education Committee.

It adds that the pupil to whom the book has been issued will be held responsible for its safe keeping and good condition and required to replace it if ever lost or damaged.

The discovery is the latest in a series of overdue books across the north-east finally being returned decades after they were due – but looks likely to take the record for the longest overdue date.

Staff at Aberdeen Central library were left in “disbelief” after a book that had been overdue for 65 years was finally returned.

Unfortunately for the person who returned it, they were deported because they couldn’t afford the massive fines Aberdeen levied!

Not ALL stories have a happy end