Skip to comments.Woman inspector 'humiliated' by failing riot test wins up to £30k (U.K.)
Posted on 06/12/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT by SanFranDan
For 30 years it has been used to test the fitness of officers who police riots and other outbreaks of serious public disorder.
The so-called 'shield run' involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield.
But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51, failed to meet the time limit, she claimed she had been left humiliated.
She brought a sex and age discrimination case against her force, Greater Manchester Police, and now stands to win up to £30,000 after an employment tribunal ruled in her favour.
The landmark case has opened the door for thousands of other women officers to claim payouts and has triggered a review of specialist police training across the country.
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She’s 51 and female. She’s not as likely to do well on such a test as, say, a 26-year-old man. You would think that she’d realize that going in.
Her fellow officers know what they are dealing with. She might just get the level of backup she provides.
Not much chance she would ever face an unruly crowd anyway...at least in England...especially if there’s a muslim in the crowd.
well I would think if she were every deployed and could not perform the duties as required, as a fellow officer, I would be compelled to sue HER for putting my safety at risk. Coincidently, I would ask for 30K in damages... to be donated back to the taxpayer who was robbed.
If she can’t do the job she needs to go. Having said that, I am a 51 yo male and work on a farm. I know I could do it, but it would probably lay me up for the next three days. Hurts my feet and ankles just thinking about it.
If you have to run 500 meters in a riot, my guess is that you will have dropped your shield and baton and probably tossed off your vest. A better test would be if you can bust open a watermelon with your baton. The best way to break up a riot is with pistols from behind the shields. Oh, this is England. Give the rioters money.
Sounds like the cases that were used to water down U.S. police forces, where every test used to weed the incompetent from the competent that happened to end up with there being a black applicant who failed was, ipso facto, racist. Now, any incompetent can be a police officer, so long as s/he is also black. Perhaps that explains the surfeit of “ethnic” meter maids and bumper butlers in NYC.
End all feminist thinking in politics! (”I was humiliated...”). It’s not about your feelings woman, it’s about doing the specific job.
Didn’t you know that’s what bear spray is for? You just squirt it in the face of the person you are with and then take off. ;-)
“Didnt you know thats what bear spray is for? “
Oh, I thought that it & the little bells were so that you could tell grizzly scat from black bear scat.
Same crap happens here.
Probably true. But regardless of who needs the backup, the situation is going to involve a bunch of fail. The best way out used to be a firm hazing until the incompetent left or got their act together, but that's no longer possible.
My argument still holds.
If they are paid the same they should be able to do the same job.
Now the cops will just sit there in their car watching you get attacked, and maybe come over to help you afterwards. At least in the UK, that is.
im an old fat guy, and i can do that. ...thats about a 9 min. mile pace? not much faster than a fast walk.
500 meters is 546 yards, 29" in 165 seconds, which works out to about 6.7 MPH which is spot on for a 9 minute mile. A fast walk is about 3 MPH.
It is clear to me she was gaming the system. I think that 51 YO guys would have a hard time with the requirements.
PS I'm an old fat guy too and no way can I walk anywhere that fast.
Dosent happen in the US as well?.
i read they sent armed officers and a helicopter to arrest a kid who accidently broke a greenhouse pane with a soccer ball.
but a Muslim who plastered a bunch of “gay free zone” posters, was fined about $150.
can you IMAGINE the MSM reaction here, if an Evangelical put up posters like that ? think he’d get off with a fine?
this fat old Tolkien lover, thanks his fellow fat old Tolkien lover for doing the math.
(i guess that’s why you’re the Wizard!)
...LONG Long ago (in a galaxy far away?), i ran 26 mile marathons. so i’m glad my quick guess was close.
and race walkers do about 7mph i think.
maybe i couldn’t walk for an hour. but even now, i think i could do ONE lap at 5mph walking. and much faster jogging.
again, even with full gear, “passing score” is just jogging speed for a little over a lap. hardly unfair for a public defender, i think.
He'd be hounded into re-hab along with Rep Weiner.