Snap! Cop car used for camping trip

2012-01-15 17:00
SNAP!

SNAP!

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A holidaymaker was amazed to see a police vehicle arrive at a campsite, load some campers’ equipment, hook up a trailer and then drive off.

“It was our first day at Drakensville holiday resort in the Eastern Free State in late December, and when we arrived we noticed four boys lying and waiting on their mattresses at their camp site,” said the man, who wishes to remain anonymous.

“Shortly afterwards a double-cab police vehicle arrived.

A policeman in uniform – and he must have been quite senior because he was wearing lots of stars and medals – got out. The trailer was hooked up, the mattresses loaded and, with the four boys on the back, they drove away.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes and decided I should take photos of the whole business,” he said.

“We always hear about the shortage of vehicles when we need the police.

“What if there had been a murder, and the police are driving campers around the place?”

Free State provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Billy Jones said the officer who was driving the vehicle had been identified and the matter is being investigated.

“If it is found that he broke the rules, steps will be taken against him.

“The policy is that government vehicles may only be used for official purposes, that is, operational or administrative support services.

"In cases where a member is on standby, he is allowed to go home in an official vehicle on the understanding that he is available to be called out to a crime scene at any time.”

Gareth Newham, head of the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, said the misuse of official vehicles is a problem worldwide, and not only the police have difficulties managing their fleet of vehicles.

“But the use of vehicle tracking systems allows the police to monitor their vehicles more easily these days,” he said.
Read more on:    police  |  bloemfontein

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
121 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.