Jagdeep Singh is not just the long arm of the law – he’s got extremely long legs too.
In fact, if you wanted to snap a selfie with possibly the world’s tallest traffic cop, you might be best to bring a ladder, because he is a whopping 7 feet 6 inches tall.
So it would pay not to breach any laws in Punjab, where he works with the local police, as being more than head and shoulders above most people, he’s sure to spot any disturbance in the street.
The long and short of it: Jagdeep Singh is 7ft 6in tall and his shoe size is 19
Jagdeep Singh on his motorbike, riding through the countryside in Punjab, India
Regarded as something of a celebrity, the traffic cop is often stopped by local residents
In fact, Singh is so big that he has to have his uniform especially made by a personal tailor, and import his size 19 shoes from abroad.
Small wonder, then, that the towering constable is a local celebrity with much-shorter locals who stop him for selfies while he is on duty.
Previously the world’s tallest traffic cop was believed to be Rajesh Kumar, from Haryana in India, who is two inches smaller than Singh, at 7ft 4in.
Tight squeeze: Although Singh is proud of his height, it does pose difficulties
The cop said of his size 19 feet: ‘I can’t find shoes in my size in India. I have to order them from a different country’
Singh, who has been with the police force for two decades, enjoys being the centre of attention, saying: ‘I am very proud of being the tallest policeman in India. I am 7ft 6in tall, I weigh around 190 kilograms and I feel very happy about it.’
Although, he added: ‘I can’t find shoes in my size in India. I have to order them from a different country.’
While Singh is proud of being India’s – and possibly the world’s – tallest cop, he has also faced difficulties in his everyday life.
He explained: ‘There are lot of problems in my life. I am not able to buy clothes of my size, I can’t use a normal washroom.
‘And I have to travel in my own car, I can’t take a local bus or cab. They are too small for me.’
There were also problems in his love life while growing up: ‘I wasn’t able to find a girl of my height. Nobody was willing to marry me. People thought I was too tall.’
Who needs a ladder when Jagdeep Singh is around?
Jagdeep Singh who measures a massive 7ft 6in is seen walking around a local market in Punjab, India
The colossal constable has been cruelly dubbed ‘a monster’ on social media but has become a local celebrity, with locals constantly stopping him for selfies
His height proved no hurdle for his wife, Sukhbir Kaur, however, who is not exactly short herself, reaching a more modest 5ft 11in.
She said she felt ‘proud’ being married to the tallest man in Punjab, as ‘wherever I go with him we get a celebrity-like respect.
‘People come and take photos with us, it’s great. I don’t think there’s anyone that’s taller than him in India or the entire world.’
Not only does he tower above most people, the traffic cop also looks like a giant next to cars
Head and shoulders above his friends, Jagdeep said of his height: ‘This is a gift from God and I am enjoying it’
Even as a child Jagdeep towered over his classmates, and his mother, Gurshinder Kaur remembers other children laughing at his colossal height.
She said: ‘Jagdeep was born different. From his childhood, we could see his height was different from normal children. People made fun of his height but he never argued.’
Despite his celebrity status in Punjab, he has also attracted many unkind comments for his height, and has even been dubbed a ‘monster’ on social media.
Stooping for a hug, Jagdeep Singh poses here with a much-shorter member of his family
Stopping for another selfie, Singh was bullied as a youngster, but uses his height to make others happy
When he uploaded a photo on Facebook, people responded by labelling him as ‘monster’.
‘People are bullying me by calling me a monster and an alien. But I don’t mind people calling me names; it doesn’t make me sad. I focus on my job and making people happy,’ Singh said.
He added: ‘I never felt uncomfortable due to my height. This is a gift from God and I am enjoying it. I won’t be ashamed of my height.’
Jagdeep hopes to get his name in the Guinness World Records and intends to continue to celebrate his extreme height
Jagdeep hopes to get his name in the Guinness World Records and intends to continue to celebrate his extreme height.
He said: ‘I want to make my name in world records. And I am sure I will. Due to my height, people from other states come to see me. People take selfies with me. I am glad that I make people happy.’
According to the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame, Robert Wadlow was the ‘tallest man ever’ stretched a staggering 2.72 m (8ft 11.1in) tall.
Doctors examined Wadlow, who had leg braces and a walking stick, and realised that his exceptional size was caused by hyperplasia of his pituitary gland.
This condition causes an abnormally high level of the human growth hormone and Robert was never given any treatment to stop it. He died at the age of 22 as a result of a septic blister on his ankle, caused by a leg brace.
The tallest man living is Sultan Kösen, who measured 251 cm (8ft 2.8in) in Ankara, Turkey, on February 8, 2011.