A police chief has hit out at cops being forced to answer “bonkers” questions from the public – such as how many werewoves, vampires and zombies have been investigated.
Chief Constable Ian Arundale is annoyed at officers being forced to spend hours answering “bizarre” queries instead of being on the beat.
So far this year his officers have also logged queries about witches, ghosts, demons, wizards, Big Foot and UFOs.
Mr Hart, Tory MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, said: “Frivolous requests are costing a fortune and wasting police time.
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People make odd requests of the government without realizing how much effort is actually takes. That’s true. But I don’t understand how rules against such requests would be written to exclude strange things. Perhaps the police can think of a more creative way to deal with reports they think are frivolous. They may not be so to the people requesting them. A possible means would be to make the police records searchable. But that infringes on some privacy issues.
Here’s more (Tip from Hayley Stevens)…
A ghost is chasing me, there’s an alien over the road, I’ve just seen a cat the size of a donkey, and a poltergeist has deleted files from my laptop.
These are just some of the bizarre calls logged with 999 operators from Avon and Somerset Constabulary over the past few years.
Details released through the Freedom of Information Act reveal a catalogue of weird and wacky calls made by members of the public.
The catalogue of craziness chronicles multiple UFO sightings and big cat concerns, often sparked by domestic pets or lights in the sky. Between 2005 and 2011, police fielded 81 emergency calls related to aliens, ghosts and wild animals.
Aliens – including UFOs, lights in the sky and little green men – prompted the most calls, with 32 such reports.
Being an “emergency” responder is a tough job… hats off to your patience, ladies and gentlemen.
UPDATE: Another example
A police force in southwestern Ontario is taking a lighter look back on the year.
Chatham-Kent police have totalled their arrest numbers for 2011 and broken down the results by astrological sign.
Aries appears to be best represented — with 203 people of that sign among the almost 2,000 arrested.
Hmm. Astrological profiling on the way? That is stupid.