Cops ram moped muggers!
Met Police unleashes new ‘tactical contact’ approach to scooter crime. You do bad things on a two-wheeled vehicle, they’ll drive a police car into you.
The Met Police force has started a new campaign to combat the spiralling problem of criminals using two wheels to help them commit crimes in the capital – by ramming the scumbags off their stolen scooters and bikes.
In incredible footage from onboard cameras mounted to police cars, criminals on the run from the force are soon out of options as the blue line closes in on them and uses ‘Tactical Contact’ to force them off their bikes.
The latest effort to turn the tables on the criminals has delighted the motorcycle community and a large proportion of the public too, but after MP Diane Abbott voiced her opinion against the development Met Police chief Cressida Dick responded in very blunt terms about why the police had taken this drastic course of action.
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for. Right now the Metropolitan Police is using a tough new approach to ‘moped’ crime which sees highly trained officers ramming scumbags who commit serious levels of crime involving two-wheeled getaway mopeds and bikes.
The dramatic change, where specially trained, so-called ‘Scorpion’ drivers use their police cars to ram riders and pillions off their bikes, has been highly praised by the motorcycle community and large sections of the public.
Previously, criminals using two wheels to escape the police and used aversion tactics like removing helmets or riding pavements or through pedestrianised areas to avoid capture with officers wary of causing injury and facing potential prosecution for their actions. With that concern set aside for now with the latest efforts by the Met to curb the criminal wave, it means that the criminals are taken out of the ensuing chase before it can get under way.
Dramatic footage of officers ramming fleeing thieves off their scooters in London was released by the Met at the end of November and was immediately praised by the general public and former officers – despite some people, including Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott criticising it as dangerous.
But now Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has come out in defence of the new front line policing tactics.
Ms Dick said pursuit drivers are: “Supremely well trained,” and the ramming method has resulted in only a “very small,” number of injuries. She went on to say that the tactic has been brought in because the Met has had to “put the fear back into the criminal.”
Commissioner Dick admitted that at least two moped-riding thieves had suffered broken bones after being rammed by police cars – but went on to defend the tactic and her officers, adding: “My officers make life and death decisions every day of the week, they’re very accountable. They make the best possible decisions. We are in a risk business.”
Ms Dick said the freedom to ram scooters was brought in to deter moped crime: “We’ve had to put the fear back into the criminal. These are people who have been repeatedly left in no doubt whatsoever that there’s a police car right behind them. If you look over your shoulder and drive on as fast as possible, putting the public in danger, you should expect that we will come after you.”
“My officers make life and death decisions every day of the week. They’re very accountable. We are in a risk business.” Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick