PNP reveals that more than 66% of police officers suffer from obesity in just the first quarter of 2024, what is happening with the ‘ranch’?

The “Punto final” report revealed information that remained inside the National Police of Peru. It is about the physical condition of police officersThe question is about those police officers who enforce order or patrol the streets, who are a few pounds overweight and there are others who may be endangering their own health.

“We are still suffering the effects of the pandemic“, during which health activities had to be halted for a while,” said General Moisés Rojas Arccos, head of the Police Hospital.

“There is a directive that states that a police officer must eat at his ranch, for example, Breakfast should not have more than 30% of calories, lunch 40%“said Police Administration General Olger Benavides, in charge of distributing the money to different police departments for the purchase of the police ranch.

“It is a personal concern, we should not blame everything on the ranch or the police, everyone has to prepare themselves and we are looking at this for the exams,” added Benavides.

According to the directive, all police officers on active duty are entitled to breakfast, lunch and dinner free of charge, paid for by the state. The directive itself even specifies the number of calories that each of the three daily meals must contain.

“Collective food services, such as canteens and cafeterias that provide food to police personnel, They must have the mandatory advice of a nutritionist professional registered with the College of Nutritionists of Peru,” the document states, but is it really complied with?

“If compliance is not met, the control bodies are responsible for enforcing it. That is why there is an administration committee in each unit,” said Benavides.

“Once the menu is prepared, they take it to the nutritionist. The nutritionist comes once a week or two weeks, checks the menu, and then unexpectedly comes once a week to see if we are complying with the guidelines they give us, and we work according to that,” said General Llerena.

In the dining room of the National Police Special Operations Division (Dinoes)The amount of carbohydrates consumed there would be excessive for any person; however, more than 95% of the members of this unit are not overweight.

“A police officer who works in an administrative system could not eat like we do here, because his job is more sedentary. Intermediate, a police officer in a police station because he is sitting in a patrol car, because he patrols, walks, but it is not as intense. And the extreme, which is ours, is due to the daily activity we have,” said General Llerena.

According to information obtained by Punto Final, in 2023, nutritionists from the Police Health Department evaluated officers from 174 police units. 70% of police officers are obese or overweight.

However, in the first quarter of this year, only 41 police units have been evaluated. More than 66% of the PNP, who work in these units, are obese and overweight.

“Our colleagues have to be aware that they must maintain their physical condition,” Llerena added.

However, since 2017, a group of nutritionists has drawn up a directive to establish standards and procedures for the control and prevention of this disease, but it has not been implemented to date.

“I understand that there is a document that establishes rules and procedures for the control and prevention of overweight and obesity in police personnel, and no one has taken notice of it. This documentation will apply at a national level. It is developed here in the hospital and submitted for approval to various bodies,” said General Rojas Arccos.

“That directive has not been here at the hospital. I understand that the directive was formulated at the hospital, that is, in professional groups, it was elevated to another instance and was returned here with some observations. And it was already returned in 2017, I think,” he reported.

Inside the Dinoes, the police ranch is supervised by a nutritionist. With a daily budget of 12 soles per person, the police officers have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“All the police are fed like this, with this quality of food. The administration department distributes the amount of money so that they can manage each unit. That is why it depends on the head of each department,” said Benavides.

However, it seems that not all police units and stations have food that is supervised by a nutritionist and is of such good quality.

5 years ago, the National Police of Peru It does not require a physical exam from its members in order to obtain a promotion, a requirement that should be essential, since colonels and generals lead the main operations in the city and their physical condition should be on par with their tactical training.

Obesity and overweight are public health problems throughout the world. In our country alone, More than 30% of Peruvians suffer from these chronic diseases.

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