News 26 January 2021

31 On-Duty Police Officers Fined For Breaching Covid Rules To Get Haircut At Station

26 January 2021

31 Metropolitan Police officers have received fines of £200 each after breaking coronavirus rules to get a haircut while on duty.

Scotland Yard said it has been informed that on January 17, 31 officers at the Bethnal Green police station in east London had their hair trimmed by a professional barber.

Two officers who allegedly organised the haircuts are reportedly under investigation for misconduct.

Local policing commander, detective chief superintendent Marcus Barnett, said: “It is deeply disappointing and frustrating that my officers have fallen short of the expectation to uphold Covid-19 regulations.

“Although officers donated money to charity as part of the haircut, this does not excuse them from what was a very poor decision. I expect a lot more of them.

“It is right therefore, officers should each face a £200 fine, as well as misconduct action for those two who organised this event.

“Quite rightly, the public expect police to be role models in following the regulations which are designed to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. ‘I hope this action proves that police are not immune to enforcement of the rules, and we are prepared as an organisation to take action if we see officers have behaved irresponsibly.”

News of the the breach of covid rules at Bethnal Green police station come just days after it was revealed 9 police officers in Greenwich were also fined for breaking lockdown rules by meeting in a cafe for breakfast.