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British police officers admonished for using riot shields as sleds
Note to some British police officers: Your riot shield is not a snow sled.
During a recent cold snap that left several inches of snow in Oxford, bobbies who were seen zooming down hills on their shields have been reprimanded by their superiors.
Someone filmed the officers on a snowy hill on Tuesday, then posted the clip on YouTube. It shows a policeman barreling down the hill while another shouts, “Whatever happens, keep smiling!”
Rick Latham, who was sliding down the hill himself in a kayak, filmed the bobbies on their shields. He said he assumed the policemen were going to scold him for using a boat on the hill.
Thames Valley Police Superintendent Andrew Murray said to Fox News on Thursday he had told the officers “that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers’ expense is a very bad idea.”
But he added that snow brings “out the child in all of us.”
Thames Valley Police has got a new fleet of motorcycles.
The 12 BMW R1200RT- P’s will be used to carry out various duties across the force area, such as providing escorts, event management and in Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operations.
The new motorcycles will replace the previous fleet, which the Force took the decision to remove in 2007, following guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Chief Insp Gill Wootton, from the Roads Policing Department, said: “In July this year we took possession of the first three of the new motorbikes and these have been in use since then. We have just taken possession of another seven and the last two will arrive in the New Year.
“The reintroduction of the motorbikes to the department has been much awaited, as it is fair to say that some of our operational duties have been impeded by not having them available and we have had to find alternative solutions during the intervening period.
“The motorbikes have many important uses. In particular, we use the motorbikes to enable our officers to engage and converse with the motorcycling community in order to promote safe riding and reduce the number of casualties from this vulnerable group of road users.
“They also help us to carry out some of our key objectives, such as denying criminals the use of the roads, supporting local neighbourhood policing initiatives and carrying out patrol duties to provide public confidence and reassurance to our communities.”