A journalist and broadcaster has been ‘owned’ on Twitter after posting two pictures of two Met Police officers who were allegedly ‘covering up’ their epaulettes during a “FreEDoM MaRCh”.
The journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer (JHB), was on a conveyance referred to in her tweet as a ‘Reform Bus’ when she spotted two officers on the pavement.
The two Met Police officers were, in fact, evidence/intel gatherers. With video cameras.
They are deployed at protests and other large events which have the potential to ‘kick off’ to – you guessed it – gather evidence and intelligence.
But when JHB spotted these evidence gatherers, she could not see the black ‘shoulder numbers’ (which JHB referred to as ‘badge numbers – which officers in the US display rather than officers in the UK) embroidered onto their bright orange epaulettes.
This might have had something to do with the fact that she was around 60ft away from them, whilst travelling on the ‘Reform TV Bus’.
Assuming that the officers were ‘covering’ their shoulder numbers, rather than just being open to the fact that she could not see them, JHB tweeted the following:
‘At the start of today’s #FreedomMarch these two @metpoliceuk officers were filming us on the Reform TV bus.
‘It looks like they’ve covered up their police badge numbers with the orange epaulettes. I can’t see a number on them. Why? All officers are required to show their badge ID’.
Twitter was quick to help educate JHB regarding the fact that the officer’s SHOULDER NUMBERS weren’t “covered up”
The Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, John Apter, also joined the ‘education bus’ when he tweeted:
‘Dear Specsavers, have a word please’
Another officer took the liberty of letting the Twittersphere know precisely what the different coloured epaulettes mean so that other ‘journalists’ do make the same silly mistake.
And remember: UK police officers do not have ‘badge numbers’. They have ‘shoulder numbers’ (also sometimes referred to as ‘collar number’) and warrant numbers. But no ‘badge numbers’.
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