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It would appear the press in England is taking up some American media concepts and filling up slow days with police bashing. Take the example of stories appearing in various media in the land of Royalty and Cindy.

A British policeman's emails encouraging other officers to work overtime to pay for expensive luxuries have been released and have proven somewhat embarrassing.

The e-mails seeking volunteers was sent to colleagues in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Wolverton and Newport Pagnell, during a search of woods near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire as part of a major anti-terrorism investigation in 2006.

They suggested that overtime shifts could buy a week in Spain, three flying lessons or a large plasma TV.

Thames Valley Police has said the emails were "unacceptable" and "misguided".

As reported in the national media this weekend, one email sent on August 24, 2006 suggested one night in the woods would pay for a "new fridge", while two nights would buy "four tyres for your Beemer" and three nights "Disneyland Florida".

Thames Valley Police's involvement in the inquiry into an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners- called Operation Overt - cost nearly £8 million, including £4.9m in overtime.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "The emails that are referred to are unacceptable and do not reflect the attitude of police officers as a whole.

"They were misguided and written in poor taste and recalled as soon as senior officers became aware of them.

"We are confident that our officers and staff are committed to reducing and detecting crime and we know that all those involved in the work in High Wycombe that summer knew exactly how important a role they were playing in the fight against terrorism."

The service added that Thames Valley Police provided hundreds of police officers to play a part in the "hugely important investigation" over around six months.

"The Force deployed officers from their usual Thames Valley postings for 5,184 working days, at an opportunity cost of £1.4million," he said.

"This put a strain on the policing of local communities and therefore overtime, at a cost of £4.9million was used, as well as assistance from other forces, at a cost of £1.9million."

A statement from Thames Valley Police Authority said: "Officers of the force and members of the authority and their officers were robust in reviewing the costs of the operation and in pursuing a claim for special grant from the Home Office, to reduce any impact of the operation on the council taxpayers of Thames Valley."

"The authority received a special grant of £4.9m from the Home Office, against a total cost of £7.9m.

"The balance of £3m was met from the general reserves held by the authority."
 

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A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "The emails that are referred to are unacceptable and do not reflect the attitude of police officers as a whole.
"They were misguided and written in poor taste and recalled as soon as senior officers became aware of them."
:rolleyes: How dare those officers think of something exciting/relaxing/different to do with the overtime monies they receive as compensation for extra-long hours in often trying working conditions that take them away from their families and personal lives!! I mean really, they should be thinking about what else they can buy at Sainsbury's or Tesco and maybe an extra stop at Cafe Nero. Sheesh! :rolleyes:
 
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