Police officers struggling to pass a fitness test to stay on the thin blue line have been offered support from an unlikely source - weight loss guru Jenny Craig.
Last week the Otago Daily Times reported hundreds of officers around the country would be taken off the frontline and told not to interact with the public for failing to pass their physical competency test (PCT).
More than 360 officers had not passed the test and would not be "operationally deployed", Police National Headquarters Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Yesterday Jenny Craig New Zealand and Australia managing director Amy Smith announced a complimentary programme for police who took up the offer.
She said the programme would help keep Kiwi cops on the beat, with each officer provided with a support system, tailored eating plan and exercise recommendations.
Any officer who visited a Jenny Craig centre before March 31 and showed their identification would automatically receive a complementary six month programme.
However, food was additional.By Hamish McNeilly