It appears that police supervisors in the West Midlands Police department have a certain lack of humor. Officers were frustrated by the demands of prosecutors for an account of an arrest involving a dog capture. The account lacked a witness statement. Finally, the officers completed a witness statement (below) on behalf of “PC Peach” and then posted a copy at the station. I personally thought it was a scream but supervisors told the officers that they are not amused.
Office Peach signed his statement with a paw print and swore to the truth of the following account of the arrest: “I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.”
As a criminal defense attorney, I have to note that this is far more accurate than many field reports that I have read in litigation.
The form was removed by humorless supervisors but not before a true public servant took a picture below.
The officer who shared the picture, PC Mark Tissington, is now being looked at by the internal discipline unit.
DCI Julian Harper, from West Midlands Police, issued the following public statement: “The Professional Standards Department is looking into this, early enquiries suggest it is a light-hearted exchange as a result of a misunderstanding around a police dog and a police officer. The matter will be investigated.”
I am not sure what it could be other than a “light-hearted exchange.” However, if the Midlands police has an ounce of sense they will give these officers a medal and a raise. They have single-handedly improved the standing of police in their community and gave us all a badly needed chuckle.
By the way, looking at the picture above of the new recruits for the dog unit, supervisors may have their hands full. This new class looks like a canine version of a Police Academy movie cast of cut-ups and jokers.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279789/I-chase-I-bite–crime-report-dog–Police-investigate-completing-witness-statement-written-force-dog.html#ixzz2LG1JOkk4
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