Policemen who used riot shield as snow sledge reprimanded

FUN-loving policemen filmed using a riot shield as a makeshift sledge have been reprimanded for the prank.

A passer-by captured the moment Thames Valley Police officers arrived at the slope in Berkeley Road, Boars Hill, Oxford, in a riot van. One is then seen clambering on to the shield, advised by a colleague: “You’ve got to hold on to the straps.”

Another officer appears to be filming the incident on his mobile phone as the policeman is pushed down the slope, to a shout of: “Whatever happens, keep smiling!”

Superintendent Andrew Murray, Oxford City commander with Thames Valley Police, said: “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.”

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