Listen IPS officers and other police ranks: You may not be considered for honours such as the President’s police medals if you have accumulated too much fat on your body and smack of indulging in corruption also. Good health and good reputation are no longer a liability.
According to an MHA circular issued to all state governments and central police organisations on September 14, police personnel should be physically fit and must be in what it described as ‘SHAPE 1’ category to be considered for the President’s police medal.
This category is the highest level of fitness in terms of psychological health, hearing, appendages, physical capacity and eyesight and implies that they can be posted for any duty. Physically fit would also mean no flab, and certainly not a potbelly. ‘SHAPE 2’ is fit for all duties but may have limitations as to the type of duties and areas of employability depending on whether the duties involve severe stress or demand acuity of hearing or vision. Relaxation for ‘SHAPE 2’ can be given only in exceptional circumstances, joint secretary in the home ministry Kumal Alok said in the circular.
The ministry said a specified length of service – a minimum of 18 years for a police medal for meritorious service and 25 years for the President’s police medal for distinguished service – is required for all police officers irrespective of rank and service.
The states, union territories and central police organisations have been advised that while making recommendations for awarding police medals to eligible officers, seniority, combined with professionalism, may be given priority.