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Old 21-10-2017, 10:00 PM   #287
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Officers parade around in bear costumes, paint their nails 'to fight slavery' and wear high heels to 'highlight domestic violence' - while crime statistics SOAR

Police told increasingly bizarre gimmicks are undermining job of tackling crime
Officers criticised for garishly painting their nails and posing in bumper cars
Other police forces posed in bear masks and stroked puppies for stress release

By Chris Greenwood and John Stevens for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:00, 20 October 2017 | Updated: 00:10, 21 October 2017

Police chiefs were urged last night to abandon ‘silly stunts’ and get officers back on the beat.

They were told their increasingly bizarre gimmicks are undermining the job of tackling crime.

Officers were criticised for garishly painting their nails, posing for photos in bumper cars and stroking puppies for stress relief.

Others posed in bear masks and, in one force, drug squads insisted on asking cannabis growers if they were victims of slavery.

Yet shocking figures out this week showed that almost every type of crime is up, with knife offences alone rising by a quarter. Nine out of ten home burglaries are unsolved.

‘They have forgotten what their purpose is,’ said Mick Neville, a retired senior Scotland Yard detective.

‘Too many modern chief constables have got more degrees under their belts than arrests. The people in charge have simply not done the job.

'The reason they do not investigate crime is they have never done it themselves. They are looking for cheap wins.’

Tory MP Peter Bone accused the police of ‘playing games’. He added: ‘Most people think police should be out on the beat catching criminals and deterring crime, not doing silly stunts.

In Avon and Somerset, police went out on patrol wearing neon nail varnish to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.

The force posted images of officers pampering themselves with the catchline ‘Let’s Nail It’.

When the campaign provoked an angry backlash the force encouraged people who were criticised to report comments as a ‘hate crime’.

The event took place days after 21 Humberside Police officers were pictured enjoying the dodgems at Hull Fair.

The force spent at least £40,000 in wages to send 40 staff to cover each day of the nine-day event.

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