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“Is this a real account?” Surrey Police questioned over ‘distasteful’ tweet

Some have called it humour while others have called it offensive.

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Surrey Police have caused controversy over a recent tweet they posted.

Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan were to step away as senior royals someone within Surrey Police posted the following tweet:

Instantly there were mixed reponses with many questioning how this comment was even allowed.

One response said:

“Very distasteful and not at all the kind of tweets the public expect regarding the royal family.”

another said:

“This is very ill-advised given that every warranted officer attests to servce the Queen and to respect everyone equally.”

and:

“Offensive you are here to uphold the law not make sly political statments.”

While one even wondered if the account was fake with:

“OMG Is this a real account?!?”

But some seemed to see a funny side to the tweet saying:

“It’s bloody hilarious. Well done.”

While another wondered if the account had been hacked saying:

“Ace – well done whoever hacked this and if you’re an actual copper I’d get onto Indeed pronto.”

But whichever way you take the tweet it has raised many questions, most notably whether it is a real tweet and if so how has it not crossed the first three points of the police’s Code Of Conduct.

The first point is Honesty and Integrity which states:

“avoid being improperly beholden to any person or institution; and discharge their duties with integrity”

Point two, Fairness and Impartiality states:

“Police officers have a particular responsibility to act with fairness and impartiality in all their dealings with the public and their colleagues. “

and point three is Politeness and tolerance:

“Officers should treat members of the public and colleagues with courtesy and respect, avoiding abusive or deriding attitudes or behaviour. In particular, officers must avoid: favouritism of an individual or group; all forms of harassment.”

In addition, last year one of the biggest national campaigns the police ran was one asking people to report if they had ‘been offended’ by someone. A slightly controversial campaign where people were being encouraging to report insulting remarks by individuals.

In response Surrey Police tried to justify the tweet saying:

“We used one of the biggest news stories of the day to get across our recruitment message in a very competitive market. While it might not have been to everyone’s taste, to date it has resulted in more than 600 visits to the recruitment pages of our website.

We always aim to be innovative on our social media channels and take on board any comments both positive and negative.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said:  

“At this current time, Surrey Police are increasing their numbers of officers and staff for the first time in over a decade and are working hard to actively recruit to a number of roles within the Force. I fully support their efforts to achieve this and appreciate that the Force need to look at different ways to get that recruitment message out to as wide an audience as possible.

“I understand that sometimes humour and topical comment may be used to reach those audiences. I have seen the tweet in question and I’m satisfied that the content was designed to highlight Surrey Police’s recruitment drive and was not intended to be disrespectful to the Royal Family.”

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Crawley Council Leader agrees to meet with opposition party to resolve towns leadership situation

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The leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, has agreed to meet with the towns opposition party, the Conservatives after an invite was extended in response the Mr Lambs call for a motion of no confidence.

In what has been a very tense time across the town politically for the past week, with two Councillors leaving the Labour party resulting in the party have a minority council, another step forward has been made for the council to come to an agreement of how it will continue for the rest of the year.

In a letter replying to Conservative Leader Duncan Crow, Peter Lamb says:

“We belong to different parties of very different beliefs, beliefs which in any ordinary circumstances would make joint-working impossible… However, current circumstances are far from ordinary…Recent events mean that no such majority exists.

We owe it to the town to resolve the current impasse. Consequently the Labour Group has asked that I take up your offer of talks to see what, if any, agreement can be reached.”

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