If you have ever found yourself driving along slowly in traffic, only to be overtaken by an emergency vehicle on a blue-light run then chances are you have probably thought one of two things.
Firstly, you might have thought to yourself: ‘I wonder where the emergency vehicle is going, or what call they are dealing with?’
Or, you might have thought: ‘It must be great to be able to slice through gridlock traffic with some blue lights and sirens’.
Of course, you could always pop down to your local Halfords and buy yourself one of those ‘traffic avoidance’ Sat Navs to save yourself the hassle of being stuck in annoying traffic in the first place.
Most people probably do not think about driving behind the emergency vehicle as it cuts its way through the rush-hour traffic.
But that is exactly what the motorist in the video below did, when they spotted a Met Police van on its way to a call.
Thankfully, a motorcyclist (with a Helmet Cam) was on hand to help educate the driver and stop them from driving like an idiot.
To be honest, I am surprised that the officer behind the wheel didn’t get out of their wagon and give the driver of the Corsa a fine.
But then if the cops were on their way to an urgent call, then they probably would not have had enough time.
If you have any social media accounts, then there is a high probability that you have seen painful footage of so-called AuDItOr’s trying to fill their vast amounts of time by filming life-saving emergency workers doing their jobs.
As dull as it sounds, some of these videos get a few thousand views, and if the AuDItOr’s social media channel is monetised, the AuDItOr might earn a couple of quid.
Of course, if you find yourself in an AuDItOr’s video (on YouTube) then you can contact YouTube to get the video removed (under YouTube’s Privacy rules).
The MO of an AuDItOr is to approach a police officer, prison officer or security officer and goad them into reacting. The AuDItOr normally waffles on about something which makes him/her sound like a five-year-old.
When the reaction is caught on camera (because, after all, we are all human, right?), the clip is then uploaded to social media.
The only place we haven’t seen these videos is on LinkedIn – where genuine auditors and other professionals tend to hang out.
The grainy images and dodgy thumbnails which accompany the videos have often been edited using easy-to-use software like Canva to make the viewer think that the video will be interesting.
But, most of the time, they are just cringe.
And now it seems that the MO of these AuDItOr’s seems to have changed.
One video (below) shows a so-called AuDItOr lurking around like a peeping Tom in the bushes next to a police station.
No doubt this failed private detective really enjoyed the adrenaline that came with creeping around in the bushes, having spent a few quid online buying clothes which made him look like a plastic copper.
Do you know what an ‘auditor’ (not the qualified, professional kind) is or what their purpose might be? Nope, neither do I.
Generally speaking, to be an ‘auditor’, you need to be highly qualified in your respective field; when it comes to ‘auditing’ the police, being a ‘professional bystander’ just does not cut it.
But when you have a look at self-proclaimed ‘auditor’ accounts on social media, you will find a bizarre group of individuals who seem to enjoy walking up to police officers in a blatant attempt to try and bait them into arguing.
The self-proclaimed ‘auditor’ with then, more than likely, hope to upload the video footage to social media and get paid as a result of the adverts which are placed in the videos.
Of course, if a police officer just ignores the auditor, identifies him/her in their own footage, or just happens to get a phone call on their mobile phone which has a Disney track as a ring tone, then then ‘auditors’ attempt to make money off the back of the video will be ruined.
From our research, it would appear that most auditors have been arrested for various offences at some point before they became an ‘auditor’, which might explain their ‘motivation’ to go up to police officers responding to 999 calls and asking them what they are doing.
This could be one of the reasons why many so-called ‘auditors’ do not like their details being shown on social media. When the camera is turned into their faces, they tend to have a bit of a ‘wobble’.
And that is precisely what one TikTok account has been set up to try and do; they want to shine some light on the shadowy backgrounds of some of the ‘Auditors’.
‘Stop Auditors UK‘ features many different ‘auditors’ who seem to want to justify their actions as part of some bizarre ‘public service’.
This is bizarre because most officers have body-worn cameras, which more and more police forces around the country are choosing to share with the public, to get an unbiased perspective on police work.
Some of the ‘auditors’ featured on the TikTok channel appear to like dressing up to make themselves look like police officers. Maybe they applied to join the police but got knocked back? I wonder why that could be…
Other ‘auditors’ seem to have a bone to pick with the ‘feds’ because law enforcement personnel have hampered their criminal enterprises which then motivated them to become an AuDItoR.
But they appear to try and want the general public to believe that their fundamental objective is to hold the police to account.
But I doubt that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (the IOPC) will be recruiting any of these ‘auditors’ anytime soon. Because, after all, the IOPC employ hundreds of people on full-time salaries to do just that; hold the police to account.
If you are lucky enough (or unlucky enough, depending on which way you look at it) to work in a unit that gives you access to a taser, then, chances are, you are going to ride the volts yourself during a training or ‘familiarisation’ session.
What better way to understand the effect that a taser has on the body than being on the receiving end of the razor sharp barbs that help carry the voltage that will make all of your muscles contract?
During the training, you might experience involuntary flatulence as well as various limbs flying wildly all over the place.
But do not worry, as your colleagues who will be helping you through the process will be primed and ready to look after you as you experience tens of thousands of volts running through your body.
Or will they?
Judging by the video below, helping your oppo as they experience the effect of a taser can be just as hazardous as being on the receiving end of the taser itself!
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.
They are regular police officers who receive additional training.
When there are no protests, they are redeployed back to their usual jobs within ‘the job’.
So their colleagues know who they are when it all kicks off, evidence gatherers wear bright orange epaulettes on their shoulders.
It means that, for example, public order officers will allow evidence gatherers near the ‘front line’ when they start coming under attack by moronic individuals who like to assault emergency workers.
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’.