Derbyshire police hit back over joke flip-flop cordon outcry

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Officers have defended their actions after a flip-flop was jokingly cordoned off when a driver fled from police.

Derbyshire Armed Response Unit said a driver had failed to stop and escaped from police, leaving behind his shoe, his ID and a mobile phone.

Derbyshire ARU tweeted in the early hours of Monday morning: „Fiesta fails to stop and driver legs it, leaving behind his flip-flops.

„Despite best efforts and assistance from Derbyshire Dog Police he got away, but left ID and mobile phone in car. Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit turned up to “assist”.

Police had been following a driver who failed to stop in Clay Cross
Police had been following a driver who failed to stop

When Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit arrived at the scene, they gently poked fun at their colleagues for losing the suspect by tweeting a picture of four cones surrounding the flip-flop.

They said: „Proper collision scene management is not to be sniffed at. And they’re called sliders now…fuddy duddies.”

Many Twitter users saw the funny side of the tweet but others criticised the force, claiming it was „a waste of taxpayers money”.

Now Derbyshire police have defended their accounts which they say are intended to have „personality and humour”.

Officers shared this image from the scene
Officers shared this image from the scene

A spokesperson for the force said: „Anyone who follows DerbyshireRPU and DerbyshireARU will know that they often engage in a bit of light-hearted banter with one another.

„The intention is to add a bit of personality and humour – when it’s appropriate – to what is an otherwise very serious job.

„The photos/tweets in question were a joke between the two accounts, taken and posted at a time when officers were waiting for a recovery truck to arrive. No time was wasted and operational capabilities of the force were not impacted in any way by them being at the scene.

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„Adding a human voice to our accounts is something we encourage from our officers, and this is an example of them doing that. The exchange may have been misinterpreted, but anyone who follows them should recognise how the tweets were intended.

„It’s also a slider, not a flip-flop.”

Anyone with information can get in touch with police on 101 quoting reference number 19*177483.

They can also contact police through the force’s Facebook , Twitter or the police website , or get in touch via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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