CCTV Blunder sees Rookie Police Officer Chase Himself
6 February 2012
The phrase 'chasing your own tail' has taken on a whole new meaning after Police Magazine revealed a junior Sussex Police officer recently spent 20 minutes trying to apprehend... himself.
The unknown rookie officer got himself into trouble after a CCTV operator back at the station didn't realised the officer was undercover and kept instructing him to follow what turned out to be his own shadow.
The undercover probationary officer was monitoring the market town in Sussex after a recent spate of burglaries when the incident occurred, with the sergeant who realised the blunder only anonymously informing the magazine after he and his colleagues had finished having a good ol' laugh about it.
"The CCTV operator soon had the suspect on camera and everywhere he saw the male the keen PC was on his heels - radioing in to say he was in the same street," he said.
"Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the PC was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace," he added.
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