Let’s be ’avin that: gifts to po­lice from grate­ful pub­lic

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

WHISKY, two pounds of dates and three free-range eggs – th­ese are the weird and won­der­ful gifts grate­ful mem­bers of the pub­lic have be­stowed upon Cheshire po­lice of­fi­cers.

A reg­is­ter of gifts and grat­i­tudes reveals po­lice have re­ceived all man­ner of things for their pub­lic ser­vice in the last year.

Tra­di­tional gifts such as flow­ers, scented can­dles and mugs made fre­quent oc­cur­rences on the list.

How­ever con­fec­tionery was by far the most com­mon item, with po­lice re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of pounds worth of cakes, sweets and choco­late be­tween Au­gust 2017 and May 2018.

That be­ing said, other grate­ful res­i­dents opted for a more quirky choice of food gift.

Two pounds worth of dates, three free-range eggs and a home-made ap­ple pie with pick­les were gifts de­clared by of­fi­cers over the last 12 months.

Wine, rum, whisky, Prosecco, and “Pol­ish al­co­hol” were also amongst the drinks given to mem­bers of the con­stab­u­lary.

Other more un­usual gifts de­clared over the year in­clude two baby feeding bowls worth £4, a se­lec­tion of hats worth £10, a set of lad­ders, take­away food and a can­vas paint­ing.

One of the most ex­pen­sive gifts was a guest pack­age of £320 for the Chief Con­sta­ble to at­tend the Po­lice Strat­egy Fo­rum Con­fer­ence as a guest speaker and chair ses­sions.

How­ever, most of the gifts fell un­der a much smaller price range of £0-£20.

Cheshire po­lice force’s gifts, gra­tu­ities and hospi­tal­ity pro­ce­dure sets out strict rules to ensure that gifts are de­clared by all staff.

Un­der this pro­ce­dure, of­fi­cers and staff ‘must not com­pro­mise or abuse their po­si­tion by so­lic­it­ing the of­fer of gifts, gra­tu­ities, favours or hospi­tal­ity, nor should they ac­cept any such of­fer out­side of the eth­i­cal frame­work for de­ter­min­ing ac­cept­able bound­aries in re­la­tion to gifts, gra­tu­ities and hospi­tal­ity’.

Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary said that some gifts, such as clothes vouch­ers and cash, were re­turned, de­clined or do­nated to char­ity. ●

Whisky, dates and eggs are among gifts

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