Merseyside Police statement on footage of enforcement officer in New Brighton

Merseyside Police have made a statement regarding footage online showing a Safer Roads Unit enforcement officer having an altercation with a member of the public on Kings Parade, New Brighton.

The incident took place yesterday (Thursday 14 October) after a Safer Roads vehicle was deployed to the location as part of road safety measures at key speeding locations.

The following was included in the statement: “We demand the highest possible standards of behaviour from our officers and staff at all times, and the public quite rightly have high expectations of everyone employed at Merseyside Police.

“This incident has been referred to our dedicated Professional Standards Department, who thoroughly investigate all allegations of misconduct by anyone employed by the force so that staff and the public can have the utmost confidence in our force. 

“The overwhelming majority of officers and staff act with respect, professionalism and integrity at all times, and we take swift and robust action to investigate anyone whose behaviour falls short of those high standards.

“The member of police staff involved has been spoken to by supervisors and further enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing.”

Warning – the following video contains language some may find offensive.

The statement follows a video taken by a local resident widely shared on social media showing the enforcement officer arguing with the person shooting the video over the positioning of his parked camper van.

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