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With a large number of foreigners expected to attend the World Cup final, Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik is quite particular about the image projected by the city’s police force. Only good-looking officers will be on duty during the match, after Patnaik stated at a police briefing that he wanted only “tall, well-built, slim policemen” present. Overweight and tobacco-chewing policemen are strictly prohibited.
“There is a tendency among our policemen to behave rudely at times. This is going to be an international event, and so the city police should look good and behave well,” a senior police official told DNA. “The commissioner said that our policemen should look smart, young and energetic. They should be able to communicate well with people, including foreigners.” Mumbai’s traffic police department took its cue from Patnaik, and chose “nearly 100 good-looking policemen, with good communication skills” for the job of ushering in spectators.