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BBC: "Plymouth Roadside Patrolman In Navy Uniform Swap"

icantfly

Lantern Swinger
Did he wear his medals all day as well?

I knew there was a reason I didn't wear uniform on Friday.. I did see a cop in RNR rig while driving home on Friday though. He and his Police-y dressed partner had pulled a van over. Wonder how he'd explain that, or even if he could make an arrest while dressed in rig?
 

Giggles79

Midshipman
icantfly said:
Did he wear his medals all day as well?

I knew there was a reason I didn't wear uniform on Friday.. I did see a cop in RNR rig while driving home on Friday though. He and his Police-y dressed partner had pulled a van over. Wonder how he'd explain that, or even if he could make an arrest while dressed in rig?

Yes he could. As long as a copper is sworn in, they can make an arrest. This is on or off duty, and although they should always have a warrant card on them, technically they dont have to have it with them to make an arrest.

I am all for wearing rig to work to show what a great job that reservists do, but I personally think it shows poor judgement by both the person and the Police bosses. It would confuse the hell out of the public and any fellow officers who may come to his assistance and dont know him.

Oh and people who are both cops and RNR, retain their ability to arrest people on any UK territory, including UK registered ship, vessel, aircraft or base...... The only time that they would lose it, it is when they fully resign from the Police Service, dismissed or retire...

G
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Giggles79 said:
...Yes he could. As long as a copper is sworn in, they can make an arrest. This is on or off duty, and although they should always have a warrant card on them, technically they dont have to have it with them to make an arrest...

Not entirely correct, G79. From ACPO Policies:

"Police officers in plain-clothes are required to identify themselves and produce their warrant card when they are performing their police duties and exercising their police powers. Normally, police officers in uniform are not required to produce their warrant card, however, they should do so upon request of a member of the public unless these circumstances do not allow or the request is unreasonable.

"All police officers must be in possession of their warrant card at all times whilst on duty. The includes the period of travelling time to and from their place of duty.

"Whilst no compulsion can exist for officers whilst they are off duty, officers should bear in mind that they may be required to prove their identity when exercising police powrs in an off-duty capacity.

"The only exception to this part of the policy relates to specific operational purposes, e.g. undercover work."


With regards to a police officer being in uniform to affect an arrest, the actual legislation states that a police officer driving an unmarked police car is not allowed perform a routine stop on a motorist, unless they are uniformed (obviously doesn't include hard stops by surveillance teams on designated targets).

:thumbleft:
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
My failing memory is telling me that there are certain powers that can only be carried out by a Police Officer in uniform.
 

broadside

War Hero
janner said:
My failing memory is telling me that there are certain powers that can only be carried out by a Police Officer in uniform.

Yep - bending at the knees and saying "Evenin' All" :wink:
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
janner said:
My failing memory is telling me that there are certain powers that can only be carried out by a Police Officer in uniform.

X-ray vision and the power of flight??
 
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