This beggars belief. Last weekend, an officer of the PSNI was engaged in what is unfortunately a more common occurrence in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK. It seems that in an attempt to quell a riot, the officer played ice-cream van music over the tannoy of his vehicle. This technique worked.
Job done. A riot was quelled through imagination and humour. Perfect. No. Not in the modern police service, and definitely not in Northern Ireland. The officer has been condemned by a Sinn Fein councillor who says his actions "beggared belief." In what way exactly? What exactly does this idiot mean by this comment? Senior officers have also condemned his actions. What a surprise. Thankfully a Basil McCrea of the Northern Ireland Policing Board has said, "This officer showed initiative and should be commended."
At least there remain some voices of common sense in a part of the country that has suffered so much. At least the PC concerned acted in a wonderful manner, something of which he should be proud. This is one fellow officer who stands by him, for what it's worth.