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Surrey Police suggest Twitter user is ‘too childish to drive’ in response to criticism of its close pass operation

Force’s Twitter account gives as good as it gets when motorists question its approach to cycling

Surrey’s roads policing unit has been running a close pass operation recently, but it’s arguably been making just as much of an impact when discussing its efforts with people on social media.

Officers from the force’s roads policing unit were out educating motorists about close passes yesterday.

In one hour, officers stopped six drivers: four for close passes, one for not wearing a seatbelt and one for driving while using a mobile phone.

Not everyone was happy with their efforts, but the Surrey’s roads policing unit is earning a reputation for giving as good as it gets on Twitter.

A couple of weeks ago the account provided a much-retweeted comeback to one Twitter user who refused to believe that cyclists are allowed to cycle more than two abreast.

The account’s also debunked popular misconceptions about tax and insurance, as documented at the bottom of one of our recent Near Misses of the Day.

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IanW1968 | 6 years ago
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Someone in a position of authority actually putting prejudice car users straight!! 

Why couldnt our councils have done this simple thing years ago??

 oh yes they are  prejudice too and care more about votes and bungs than safe roads and decent transport. 

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cyclisto | 6 years ago
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Since the two abreast tweet of Surrey police doesn't clearly excludes other countries, I guess they could easily turn into experts in free doughnuts delivery.

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timtak replied to cyclisto | 6 years ago
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cyclisto wrote:

Since the two abreast tweet of Surrey police doesn't clearly excludes other countries, I guess they could easily turn into experts in free doughnuts delivery.

Here in Japan it is illegal ("as a general rule", unless there is a sign specifically allowing it) to cycle two abreast. There is a special word in Japanese which is here translated as "travelling in parallel"
https://goo.gl/fZgWtx
The fine is only 2000 yen (13UKP) but it could be worth some doughnuts.
 

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BehindTheBikesheds | 6 years ago
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A far better response woul be " we've found where you live and we're coming round to fuck you (up) and crush your motor"

followed by "Oh sorry, given your reply we thought it was write BS like a crack-head night!"

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Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

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brooksby replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

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Deeferdonk replied to brooksby | 6 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

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brooksby replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Oh absolutely: I'm sure they it helps them to laugh at themselves and realise that they were being a twunt. Failing that, it lets everyone else laugh at them. Win/win, in my book  3

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davel replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

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Deeferdonk replied to davel | 6 years ago
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davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

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davel replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

You could do that.

Or, if you're more a fan of the direct approach, you could just answer the fucking question.

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Deeferdonk replied to davel | 6 years ago
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davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

You could do that.

Or, if you're more a fan of the direct approach, you could just answer the fucking question.

Ok. The original tweet you refer to says "f#ck the cyclists". I don't believe this deserves a response, and should be reported to Twitter as abuse. I'm sorry if I made you angry, we obviously disagree on this issue, which us fine. Wishing you safe cycling

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davel replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

You could do that.

Or, if you're more a fan of the direct approach, you could just answer the fucking question.

Ok. The original tweet you refer to says "f#ck the cyclists". I don't believe this deserves a response, and should be reported to Twitter as abuse. I'm sorry if I made you angry, we obviously disagree on this issue, which us fine. Wishing you safe cycling

Not angry: 'humour' didn't come across well. Apologies, and wishing you safe cycling in return.

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wycombewheeler replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again.

Do you think they respond well to anything?

Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

You could do that.

Or, if you're more a fan of the direct approach, you could just answer the fucking question.

Ok. The original tweet you refer to says "f#ck the cyclists". I don't believe this deserves a response, and should be reported to Twitter as abuse. I'm sorry if I made you angry, we obviously disagree on this issue, which us fine. Wishing you safe cycling

Personally I'd like to see the original post investigated as a hate crime.
How do we go about setting cycling up as a religion?

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Rapha Nadal replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
davel wrote:
Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Read what the original tweet was again. Do you think they respond well to anything? Given that tweet, and the platform, in what way does the plod response lack professionalism?

I am sorry, on reflection my opinion was clearly wrong. I am now off to write my own police commissioner a strongly worded email to ask why they don't expend more resources pwn ing people on social media rather than just clearly explaining the rule of law in a non wacky style.

 

In all fairness though, look at how much attention the "wacky" style has gained.  If this assists in educating folk then I'm all for it.

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exilegareth replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:
brooksby wrote:

Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Because twitter users like the ones shown would clearly respond so well to polite professionalism...?

Do you think they respond well to the above tweets?

Social Media 101 - you're not talking to the original tweeter, but to everyone who reads the thread.

Our local neighbourhood policing team often does tweets about giving someone an early morning alarm call with the big red door knocker - it's not aimed at criminals, but at reasuring the rest of the audience that the police are out and about taking action in the community.

Given the coverage Surrey Roads Police have got for this tweet, I'd say they've hit all their key performance indicators...

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hawkinspeter replied to Deeferdonk | 6 years ago
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Deeferdonk wrote:

I agree with the sentiment but find something unsettling about jokes and insults coming from a police Twitter account. Couldn't they just deliver the same message and maintain a level of professionalism?

Twitter is not considered to be a formal communication platform, so I think it's entirely appropriate for them to be a bit cheeky and have a bit of fun. As long as they keep their tweets truthful and accurate, then it gets their message more exposure if people share them round because they're amusing.

Have a look at New South Wales Police force for another example of police using humour to get messages across: https://www.wavefm.com.au/flick/115572-15-of-the-funniest-nsw-police-for...

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burtthebike | 6 years ago
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Such a refreshing attitude, and so different to the normal "drivers are always right" seen from some other quarters.  I can only conclude that the Surrey police twitter author is a really keen cyclist, with a sense of humour.  It is so good to know that some people in authority get it and they aren't all drivers who think that cyclists have no rights.

Whoever you are, thanks and keep up the good work.

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Russell Orgazoid | 6 years ago
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Mint!

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HenHarrier | 6 years ago
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The whole thread is a great read. I'd feel a lot safer if these guys were in charge of policing roads throughout the UK

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kitsunegari replied to HenHarrier | 6 years ago
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HenHarrier wrote:

The whole thread is a great read. I'd feel a lot safer if these guys were in charge of policing roads throughout the UK

I agree.

Cambridge police could learn a thing or two from their common sense approach, given that they can't be bothered to enforce road safety.

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StraelGuy | 6 years ago
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Ha, ha, excellent!

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