Jakarta – The North Jakarta Police force is preparing a special program for its overweight officers to help them lose weight so they can be healthy and perform their jobs better.
The North Jakarta Police gathered together about 50 overweight personnel on Monday to be measured and weighed.
"We just carried out inspections to find obese officers. We measured the height and belly circumference of 50 officers today, as well as their weight," North Jakarta deputy police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Aries Andi told tribunnews.com on Monday.
Aries said such inspections would be carried out regularly. "We're currently arranging a program to help the obese officers lose weight. The pilot project will be carried out for six months," Aries said.
The project, he said, was in accordance with the instruction from the National Police chief who urged all police personnel to take care of their health.
"We need to give obese officers special treatment. We will organize special training like running or other types of exercise for the officers," Aries said.
One of the 50 police officers assembled for obesity inspection was First Adj. Insp. Suharyana, who is 170 centimeters tall and weighs 105 kilograms.
After he was measured he was declared obese by the inspectors. Suharyana said he gained a massive amount of weight because he had not been exercising for seven years.
"I had not been exercising for seven years because of my busy schedule, especially when I worked in the criminal investigation department, where I could work up to 24 hours a day. I gained so much weight back then," he said.
Suharyana has had to join a compulsory program to shed his excess weight.
Aries also asked the North Jakarta police officers to maintain healthy body weights. He said their ideal weight was important to keep their bodies healthy and prevent a number of chronic diseases.
"It's okay to gain a few pounds, but you need to maintain a healthy weight. I've seen many obese officers suffer heart problems and other diseases that eventually disrupted our operational activities," he said.
He said officers joining the weight loss program would be given 5 to 10 kg limits above their ideal weights.
"It's okay if their weight is not completely ideal, as long as they don't gain more than 5 to 10 kilograms above their ideal weight. It means they would not need to go through another weight-loss program as long as they keep their weight under the limit," Aries added. (nal)