Elf n Safety, Police have to pass test to ride push bikes

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    [quote="The Daily Mail]
    Policemen banned from riding bikes... until they pass their cycling proficiency test
    Last updated at 19:58pm on 22nd November 2007

    Police officers must pass a cycling proficiency test before they are allowed to patrol the streets on their bikes.

    They have been told to walk, drive, or use public transport until they succeed.

    But the decision by Cheshire Police has been described as "health and safety gone mad".

    Bike ban: Officers must pass cycling proficiency test before getting back on the saddle

    Officers were given mountain bikes earlier this year and the patrols proved popular with the public because they act as a visible deterrent.

    The cycles allow officers to cover a wide area and they can reach places where police cars cannot get to. Officers on mountain bikes can chase criminals down narrow lanes and through parks.

    But in September, Police Community Support Officer Christopher Maclure died while on a mountain bike patrol.

    The 21-year-old, who served with the neighbouring Greater Manchester force, suffered massive head injuries after being hit by a lorry in Wigan.

    As a result, Greater Manchester Police banned hundreds of officers who had been on cycle patrols for less than a year from riding bikes.

    They will be allowed back on their bikes only when their skills have been properly assessed.

    The Cheshire force has followed suit and decided that PCSOs and officers who patrol on mountain bikes should take a proficiency test.

    Special constable and Tory MP David Davies yesterday criticised the cycle ban.

    He said: "We live in a nanny state. How much training does it take to ride a bike?

    "Police cars are involved in accidents all the time. That doesn't mean every police car should be put away after one tragic accident."

    Policemen in the 1950s did not have to pass cycle proficiency tests

    The chairman of Alderley Edge Parish Council, in Cheshire was also unhappy about Cheshire Police's decision.

    Mary Maczkowiak said: "All PCSOs were told they had to do cycling proficiency tests and until they had passed them, they had to either cadge a lift to work or use public transport.

    "It is unbelievable to think that the PCSOs are going around schools giving advice to children on cycling proficiency and road safety and they're not even allowed to ride their bikes themselves. It's health and safety gone mad."

    But Sergeant Julie Rafferty, of Cheshire Police, said that dozens of officers have already passed the test. They have been given their bikes back while others are still waiting to take the examination.

    "This decision has been taken following the tragic death of PCSO Chris Maclure," Sergeant Rafferty added.

    "The safety of officers and staff is our first priority and Cheshire Police felt it was important to instil standards in cycling and that it wasn't enough just to have the basic cycling proficiency test from junior school."

    She said: "The training is a proper nationally-accredited programme and is a pass and fail course. It applies to all officers who ride a bike, not just PCSOs.

    "Some have already passed and have been given back their bikes. Those that haven't are having to use public transport or cars in the meantime. It just depends on what type of inquiry they're going out on."
  2. Welcome to the world of the police service where arse covering is far more important than any actual (sometimes inherently dangerous) police work.

    I bet there's even an elf 'n safety risk asessment for changing the tyre. (i kid you not)
  3. Of course there is. It would be part of the "Work Related Driving Risk Assesment " that all employers who require their employees to drive as part of their work should have in place.

  4. And just how much tax money is being spent on training and administring this test?

    It is a nice little earner for someone, wonder if there is a trail from - unfortunate dead PCSO via local police chief to H&S person over to owner of the local pushbike traininga and testing team?

    It might of course be pure coincidence.
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    It is interresting to note that ''The safety of officers and staff'' is our first priority,at least in Cheshire.What about the public!!Will this force take away police cars,after the next fatal accident involving them? No,so why should they take away bikes???
  6. This strikes me a story that's got a little out of hand. A couple of points:

    1. Making sure that someone is safe and confident handling a piece of equipment is not H&S gone mad - it's a perfectly sensible decision. You wouldn't expect the Army to not give you a WHT just because you've gone on a tour recently, or not to convert you to a new vehicle, just because you've been driving for years, would you?

    2. Unfortunately, we live in an increasingly litigious society. If Mr Plod on a bike injures either a pedestrian or himself, then the fact that his force has trained him to a national standard, will give them some defence if the matter ever went to court.

    Hopefully, this will have been handled sensibly by the force concerned, and they would not have 'banned' unqualified cyclists until an appropriate number of qualified ones were available to replace them. But that wouldn't have been a story, would it?