Police reprimanded for shield sledding

Jan. 14, 2010 at 7:04 PM

OXFORD, England, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Police in England said a group of officers caught on camera using a riot shield as a sled on a snow slope were reprimanded by a superior.

Superintendent Andrew Murray, Oxford City commander with Thames Valley Police, said a bystander captured video of a group of officers arriving at the slope and encouraging a colleague to sled down the hill while clinging to the straps for steering, the Daily mail reported Thursday.

The video was later uploaded to YouTube.

"The snow has a habit of bringing out the child in all of us," Murray said. "I have spoken to the officers concerned and reminded them in no uncertain terms that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea should they wish to progress under my command."

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