PROJECT TITLE: DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF AN EXERCISE REGIME IN THE POLICE FORCE ACT

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PROJECT TITLE: DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF AN EXERCISE REGIME IN THE POLICE FORCE ACT

  • INTRODUCTION
    • Project Overview

This project aims at developing a physically fit and healthy police force that would effectively discharge its duties through development and integration of an exercise regime in the police force act. The project is sponsored by Seychelles police department and it is aimed at benefiting the department by having their police officers engaging in exercises even after graduating from the police academy. The project is budgeted at US$2 million and will be complete within 12 months. The project will be governed by Seychelles police department and the project manager.

  • Purpose and Justification

Globally, policing is an important function of national and local governments. Countries across the world strive to offer their citizens with the most effective policing regardless of the budget constraints and legal mandates (Nabeel, Baker, McGrail & Flottemesch 2007). As noted by Tooker and Cashwell (2007) police officer fitness has been an issue worth consideration for police departments for a long period of time. It is self- evident that an occupation like policing demand that police officers are healthy and physically fit as part of their job requirement. On regular basis, police officers are engaged in physical challenges such as chasing fleeing suspects; climbing onto rooftops and fences as they subdue resisting arrestees, and lift heavy objects especially as they obtain stolen properties. Therefore, based on the nature of work police officers must be strong and endure.

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PROJECT TITLE: DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF AN EXERCISE REGIME IN THE POLICE FORCE ACT

Proposed Project Title:

Development and integration of an exercise regime in the  police force act

Project Client:
Seychelles Police
Project Purpose and Justification:
The project being proposed is developing and integrating and exercise regime in the police force act.
The project targets changing the police act to provide for a regulated exercise regime that will mandate the
government to provide exercise equipment and time for the police.
The project is based on existing research evidence that shows most police officers suffer from overweight and
obesity, which makes the ineffective in carrying out their police work. There is ample research evidence that
shows that overweight and obesity is a major factor that reduces the effectiveness of police officers in their work
(). Exercise regime has been shown effective in helping police to maintain a healthy body weight. Therefore,
this project proposes having a mandatory exercise regime in the police act that will mandate the employer to
facilitate the program and the employee (police) to meet the exercise regime requirements to maintain a healthy
body weight. Lack of such a program in the police department in Seychelles is contributing to increased rate of
overweight and obesity and interfering with the effectiveness of police officers in their work.
This project can be implemented because it is feasible and has been implemented in other jurisdictions as well. It
only requires a change in the police act through a lobbying initiative to the highest police ranks, the office of the
attorney general, and the parliament. Although it may not be implemented at once for all police stations, it is
implementable in the long term. It may be costly to the government, but the cost of implementing the program
does not outweigh the cost of medical care and lost man hours for the affected police officers.
Project Background and Strategic Context:
Overweight and obesity statistics in Seychelles are worrying. According to Nature Seychelles, 74% of women
and 64% of men are overweight, with more than 25% of the population obese. While there is no specific data on

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the prevalence of obesity in the police, the general population statistic cannot be divorced from the police
population. As a police officer, I have first-hand evidence of high prevalence of overweight and obesity in the
police force and I have witnessed how overweight and obesity interferes with the efficiency of police officers in
their work. In addition, more police officers are acquiring diabetes, hypertension and other life style disease,
which is adding to the cost of healthcare for the police department, as well as increasing their sick days. From
my observation, one of the factors leading to increased case of overweight and obesity among police is lack of
mandatory exercise regime and lack of equipment to encourage police to engage in physical exercise.
Research evidence proves that exercise regime plays a critical role in managing overweight and obesity. Daily
exercise has proved effective in burning extra calories that are not needed in the body, which ends up being
converted to fat resulting in increased weight. At the same time, research shows other factors like having a
motivating exercise regime and gym encourages people to engage in physical exercises.
Police departments that have mandatory physical exercise policies have better incidences of weight management
compared to those without. A cross-sectional analysis comparing agencies in North Carolina, US, with mandated
and those without mandated physical exercise policies showed that police departments with mandated physical
exercise had lower medical cost and lost work days compared to those without, because their police officers
were fit. PROJECT TITLE: DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF AN EXERCISE REGIME IN THE POLICE FORCE ACT.
The proposed project will therefore seek to change police act in Seychelles to have mandatory physical exercise
to replicate the success achieved in North Carolina, US. The project will involve developing the exercise regime,
then lobbying for its approval from the highest police ranks, and then contacting the office of the Seychelles
Attorney General to initiative a legislative process in parliament that will lead to a change in the police act and
include the recommended exercise program.

Project Objectives:
1. To draft an exercise regime policy for Seychelles police department within 2months
2. To lobby the senior police officers to support the draft policy within 4 months
3. To lobby the office of the attorney general to start a legislative process to enact the policy into the police
act within 6 months.

PROJECT TITLE: DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION OF AN EXERCISE REGIME IN THE POLICE FORCE ACT

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