Officer who ignored parking restrictions and went into a bakery â€œfell below high standardsâ€ expected by Surrey Police.
A police officer who parked in a restricted area and blocked a pavement while he got some lunch has been given a fixed penalty notice.
The officerâ€™s Ford Transit van was photographed on a yellow line in Lesbourne Road, at the junction with South Road, in Reigate by a father of two last Tuesday (January 28), while he nipped into a nearby bakery for a sandwich.
The sign next to the van indicated motorists could not park at that spot from 8am-6.30pm.
Surrey Police initially said the officer received â€œrobust words of adviceâ€, but he has since been issued with a Â£30 fixed penalty notice.
The man who took the photo, who asked not to be named, told Get Surrey at the time: â€œItâ€™s bad enough when normal drivers do it. Itâ€™s congested enough there anyway and lots of cars park along there.
â€œYou could not get any fully grown person through there. I was furious when I saw him [the officer] getting out.â€
And the fuming father added: â€œIf it was an emergency or official business, then fine. But he walked into the bakers and ordered a sandwich.
â€œIt smacks of â€˜I can park where I want, I can block the pavement and park here because Iâ€™m the policeâ€™.â€
Chief Inspector Santi Gill said: â€œSurrey Police expects the very highest standards from its officers at all times and the officer involved in this incident fell below those high standards.
â€œI therefore believe the most appropriate action in this case would be to issue the officer with a fixed penalty notice.â€
A statement from Surrey Police also said the officer contravened road markings â€œfor no operational reasonâ€.
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