Start Laughing: Cop Chases Himself Around Town, Caught on Camera
We really should all be grateful for the blanket of security that CCTV security surveillance offers us. Crime is reduced in areas that employ this technology, and everyone feels safer. However, let us not also forget some of the hilarious and memorable things that have been caught on camera. In this latest example, a plain-clothes officer was investigating an area known for burglaries, while a security expert monitored his activity through CCTV. The expert told the officer to be careful, for he had seen someone suspicious on the monitor. Then, after a near-20 minute chase, a sergeant came in to the monitoring room and immediately began laughing hysterically. Turns out, the young officer had been chasing himself around the small part of town. Are you laughing yet?
According to the details leaked to an industry magazine, the security expert saw someone “suspicious” on camera, but did not realize that it was actually the officer in civilian’s clothing. Following protocol, the expert told the officer where to go to follow the suspect, and kept telling the officer that he was “hot on his heels.”
The details were leaked to a police magazine under the jurisdiction of the Police Federation. It was a senior police officer who reported it; apparently, he thought this story was too funny not to tell.
The anonymous storyteller, believed to be the PC’s sergeant, told the monthly magazine: “An officer who joined a team in Sussex as a new probationary officer was soon very keen to do any plain-clothes operations and be as proactive as possible. He would be waiting at the end of his shift hoping to be unleashed for a further couple of hours of plain-clothes duties. On one such occasion in a little market town in Sussex which has suffered a spate of town centre shop break-ins, officers were on plain-clothed foot patrol when a report was received of a suspect male in one of the side roads. The CCTV operator soon had the suspect on camera and everywhere he saw the male the keen PC was on his heels – radioing in to say he was in the same street. Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the PC was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace.”
It was at this point that the sergeant entered the control room where he recognized the junior officer.
“With the sergeant’s sides aching from laughter he pointed out to the PC that the operator had been watching him unaware that he was a pain-clothes officer – thus the PC had been chasing himself round the streets.”
A police source told The Daily Telegraph: “We’ve had a couple of funnies lately, but all taken in good spirit. Policing is often a serious business, so we all enjoy moments of light relief. This story was shared anonymously with the Police Federation magazine, so unfortunately without the date or location, confirming the details and locating the officer is harder for us than it was for the CCTV operator.”