It really is Britain’s largest force! Met Police chiefs order trousers in sizes up to XXXXXXL among thousands of pairs with a waist of 40 inches or more

  • The large waistlines put the buyers at risk of obesity-related diseases

London’s Metropolitan Police last year ordered thousands of trousers with larger waistlines, with one officer requiring a pair with a XXXXXXL waist.

The revelations, which came from a Freedom of Information request, suggested the Met is the UK’s biggest police force in more ways than one.

The figures worn by one male officer ordered trousers with a whopping 62 inch waist while the largest trousers ordered for a female officer was a size 44.

Slightly smaller sizes ordered included two 54-inch pants and four 52-inch pants.

While the most common size for plus-size male officers was a 40-inch waist and a size 20 for their female counterparts, according to figures released by The sun.

The Met Police Force is the UK's biggest police force in more ways than one after it was revealed last year that the force had ordered thousands of trousers with a waist of 40 inches or more (stock photo)

The Met Police Force is the UK’s biggest police force in more ways than one after it was revealed last year that the force had ordered thousands of trousers with a waist of 40 inches or more (stock photo)

One Met Police officer ordered pants with a whopping 62-inch waist.  Slightly smaller sizes ordered included two 54 inch pants and four 52 inch pants (stock image)

One Met Police officer ordered pants with a whopping 62-inch waist. Slightly smaller sizes ordered included two 54 inch pants and four 52 inch pants (stock image)

Prospective Met officers must pass a job-related fitness test before being admitted to training.

An online leaflet says: ‘You will be required to undertake a run test (known as the Multi-stage Shuttle Run Test or Bleep Test).

‘To succeed – improve your fitness before your medical. For the Bleep Test, aim for a hard run for 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week.’

The National Police Chief Council previously said it was not always possible to determine a person’s fitness by their waistline.

It’s not just the Met with a fat cop problem. MailOnline reported in August 2023 that other police forces also had large orders for plus-size trousers.

West Midlands Police bought 1,872 trousers measuring 40 inches and one with a 56 inch waist.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police ordered 633 pairs of plus-size trousers and three of 50in.

Merseyside Police purchased 267 sets of trousers between 40 and 50 inches.

According to the British Heart Foundation, a waist greater than 40 inches and 34.6 inches in women is considered ‘very high’.

The NHS says that obese people with ‘very large waists’, of 37 inches or more in men and 31 inches or more in women, are more likely to develop obesity-related diseases such as type two diabetes or high cholesterol.