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How Six Nurses Made the LAPD Slimmer and Better

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Perhaps the oddest story that came out this holiday weekend was the one about the LAPD medical administrator who stepped down from her job because a half dozen of her cohorts felt it was wrong for the LAPD to continue to accept "grossly overweight" new officer recruits.

The controversy stems from a decision by the city Personnel Department to change the standards for police recruits, including a move to raise the maximum body fat allowed for men to 24% from 22%, and for women to 32% from 30%. Body fat — the percentage of a person's body that is not bone, muscle, organs or water — is measured using calipers applied to areas such as the waist, where fat can accumulate. The standards were relaxed two years ago by city bureaucrats after the mayor pledged to add 1,000 officers to the Los Angeles Police Department. But only in recent months — as recruit classes graduated with some heavy-set rookies — did the controversy balloon. - LA Times

Not only was the standard lowered without City Council consultation and approval, but such a move makes the city more apt to have to cover, among other things, fat cops' injuries. So six nurses on Friday called BS on the whole thing, wrote a letter, signed it, and sent it to the right people.