CAVORTING cops have been accused of making a fool of the force by performing a TikTok-style dance in a crime-ridden suburb.
Four PCs and a sergeant were filmed doing a synchronised boogie to Run-DMC’s hip-hop classic It’s Like That — while unsolved cases piled up.
Four PCs and a sergeant were filmed dancing in crime-ridden suburb Edmonton while unsolved cases piled up[/caption]
Mick Neville, a retired senior Scotland Yard detective, said: ‘It’s a total disgrace’[/caption]
The dance was part of a community engagement event in Edmonton, North London, last Saturday.
Mick Neville, a retired senior Scotland Yard detective, said: “It’s a total disgrace. People don’t want to see police dancing in the street.
“Edmonton is a high crime area. These officers should be on patrol, not dad dancing.
“The Met has lost its way and needs to refocus. Police have become obsessed with trying to please people who will never be happy. It’s time they just got on with stopping crime and helping the public.”
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He added that, while the dance only went on for a few minutes, the officers must have rehearsed for hours.
Footage shows them busting a range of moves popular on social media app TikTok. They also danced to Kotch by RDX and Candy by Cameo.
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The Edmonton neighbourhood policing team posted the clip on Twitter, saying: “Great day, great turnout, not so great dancing by us!
“The idea behind the event was a rap battle, dance-off, sing-off involving the community. As part of that we were asked to do a dance (and sing), so as a neighbourhood team, we did…to be part of the community.”
After posting the video on Twitter, the officers then tried to fend off a string of criticisms from online followers.
One user wrote: “Effective engagement, interaction and community collaboration does not mean making a fool of yourself or the organisation.”
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Another said: “Police officers shouldn’t be rapping, dancing or singing in uniform. They could be policing.”
Edmonton has some of the highest crime figures in London, with just 6.5 per cent of offences in the area solved.
HOT TUB SHAME
AN on-duty officer late to a mental health call because he was collecting a hot-tub part has been sacked.
PC Tristan Hankins went to a Homebase three miles out of his patrol area. It meant he arrived between five and ten minutes late to the traumatised girl in 2020.
No harm was done but his Devon and Cornwall force found the potential harm to be considerable. PC Hankins, with the force for 27 years, admitted the allegations against him.
Head of professional standards, Det Supt Paul Kessell said: “We expect our officers to uphold the standards of professional behaviour at all times.
He did not fulfil his responsibilities and his behaviour brought discredit upon the police service and could undermine public confidence.”