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  • 7 March 2013, 11:01

Short fat cops to be taken off the streets

Vietnam police /PA

Vietnam's capital city is to remove short, fat or abusive traffic cops from its streets.

The initiative in Hanoi is aimed at improving the public image of a force with a reputation for corruption and abuse.

Inspectors have been monitoring officers on duty to identify the worst offenders, state media said.

"Little officers or those with too big a belly will be moved to work in offices so they do not come into contact with the public," Hanoi traffic police chief Col Dao Vinh Tang said.

Overweight police officers will be required to undergo regular physical training.

In addition, all police on duty will be required to carry an official code of conduct to remind them how to behave, official newspaper Tien Phong reported.

It is the latest step taken to try to improve the image of Hanoi's traffic police force, which has faced frequent complaints as it manages the city's hectic flow of vehicles.

In 2011 officers were banned from wearing sunglasses or hiding behind trees to ambush unwary motorists and extract fines.