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Letter: MCSO -- Large officers could be big problem

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 2:41 pm

The Maricopa Country Sheriff’s Office has many large problems, but one that I’ve not heard mentioned is the overweight condition of so many of its officers.

From Sheriff Joe (Arpaio), to his henchman David Hendershott, officers of the MCSO are huge!  I don’t know what these men and women are fed, but they should push back from the table before taking a second helping of whatever it is Sheriff Joe gives them.  Every time there is a news video of MCSO officers or I see an officer on the street, all one sees are huge beer bellies hanging over belts and broad beams stretching pants to nearly their breaking point as the officer waddles around.

I know Sheriff Joe’s policies have cost county taxpayers untold millions in settled lawsuits, but I would like to know what the health costs are for such an obese force.  Most of these officers have to be suffering from high blood pressure, clogged arteries, diabetes, and every other disease associated with obesity.

Perhaps Sheriff Joe should give up trying to be in the limelight — his and everyone else’s — and work out a healthy eating and exercise program for his officers before they all keel over dead from a heart attack.

Edward F. Murphy

Mesa

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