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Vietnam bans short, fat traffic cops


3/11/2013

Published on Mar 11, 2013

Vietnam is moving to improve the image of police, by removing short, fat traffic cops from public duty. The BBC reported that traffic police officers who are short, obese or abusive are to be removed from the streets of Hanoi, with a team of inspectors brought in to weed out the worst offenders.

“Little officers or those with too big a belly will be moved to work in offices so they do not come into contact with the public,” Hanoi’s traffic police chief was quoted saying.

Any officers found to be overweight will be required to undergo regular physical training, the report added. The move marks the latest stage in a campaign to enhance the image of Vietnam’s traffic police. In 2011 officers were banned from wearing sunglasses or hiding behind trees to ambush speeding motorists.

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