The Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) Commission gave the fitness standards of the agency a green signal on Thursday, in spite of the legal opposition from a troopers’ union over a need to measure waistline size of an officer.
The commissioners voted in favour of the new fitness standards in one unanimous vote. According to them, the new policy complies with the scientific norms as well as recent needs from the state Legislature.
Chairman Steven Mach said that apart from the legal need, its their obligation to get such a program implemented.
The new fitness standards involve physical fitness tests as well as a requirement which was implemented previous year for thewaistlines of men to remain at 40inches and 53inches for female officers.
The Texas DPS Officers Association had lodged a lawsuit previous week over the new waistline requirements. The suit called the policy demeaning as well as damaging to the troopers having different body builds.
DPS Officers Association President Richard Jankovsky said that he was extremely disappointed to observe the department implement the new fitness standards. He said that he does not disagree with the scientific norms presented or the purpose of keeping the officers healthy. However, he worries that the waistline limitation will force a few officers to face termination.