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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Police use Riot shield as a sledge!

Police Officers were recorded on video using a riot shield as a sledge.

The officers from the Thames Valley Police were on Boars Hill in Oxford where their exploits were recorded by Mr Rick Latham, who then posted it on to YouTube.

Supt Andrew Murray the local policing area commander said the snow had "a habit of bringing out the child in all of us". He added: "I have spoken to the officers concerned and reminded them in no uncertain terms that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea should they wish to progress under my command".

It seems funny at first - but couldn't their time have been better spent helping the public (who pay their wages).

It is nice to know where the police are when they should be on the streets protecting the public from and investigating crimes that have been committed. It is nice to know that the the money of the police budget is being spent wisely.

Now a question that comes to mind is what if the officer had sustained an injury and been un-able to work? Would he be paid on full rate of pay? Would he have been able to claim compensation for injuries sustained whilst on duty? I suspect yes to both questions.

Still at least they are not carrying out illegal 'stopping and searching' of tourists who are taking photographs of ancient buildings, or professional photographers, or 11 year old twins.

Mr Latham commented "I thought they were going to tell us off at first, but they had a look at the hill and two of them went down on their shields."


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