As we all know, the leaders of the police in Britain are 100% focused on the safety and well being of the British citizens...unless that is of course they are drowning, or indeed not fellow police officers.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that Nanny's chums in the Greater Manchester Police (where they allow schoolchildren to drown, see yesterday's article on that) have banned its officers from riding bicycles for safety reasons.
Greater Manchester Police have decreed that its officers and PCSOs must not patrol the streets on their mountain bikes. Nanny believes that the officers do not have enough training to handle road conditions across Greater Manchester.
This is rather unfortunate, as the patrols are popular with the public because they allow officers to chase criminals down narrow lanes and through parks and they act as a visible deterrent.
The ruling follows the death of PCSO Christopher Maclure, who suffered head injuries in an accident with a lorry in Wigan.
A GMP spokesman said:
"The safety of officers and staff is our first priority.
Officers should ride a police cycle only
if they have passed a competence test."
No mention of the safety of the public being their first priority!
Here's a radical suggestion, why not train people to ride the bikes?
That, I guess, would take all of one or two days?
Here, totally free of charge, is a short training video that may help the GMP train its men.