Police departments all over the world have physical fitness requirements for new recruits. Their argument is that strength and fitness are necessary for the job of policing. But as time goes on, the standards for officers keeping in shape are usually not maintained, making it curious why the standards were put in place at all for new officers. But over the past decade, an increasing number of officers – even seasoned ones – have been doing a lot more than keeping in shape on the job… they have been getting pretty huge. Now some people are wondering if there could be a connection between this and incidences of police brutality and violence happening all over the United States.
Steroid use among officers could account for the side effect of “roid rage” so common with abnormally high levels of testosterone.
In one case, Susan Donaldson James of ABC News spoke with a six-year veteran of a Pennsylvania police force “patrolling an area encroached upon by urban crime.”
Matthew and his partner said that they “struggled for nearly seven minutes to subdue the crazed youth, who was high on PCP and had another officer in a head lock.”
It was shortly after that close call, that Matthew turned to illegal anabolic steroids “for both strength and self-esteem,” he said.
“Matthew’s case is just one example in an increasing trend among urban police officers working tough beats. In New York City this week six police officers are being investigated for allegedly using illegal prescriptions to obtain anabolic steroids for bodybuilding,” James reports.
But this is far from an isolated incident. “According to law enforcement experts, Matthew is the prototypical steroid user — in his 30s, white and worried about competing. In Matthew’s case, he was trying to stay on top of a job that constantly forced him to face younger and stronger criminals.”
“I look back on that and other scuffles, and I was not nearly as tough and strong as I once was,” Matthew said.
“It scared me to think how easily things could go wrong,” he continued.. “I kept thinking I am only getting older, and the criminals will always be young. I was looking for an edge.”
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