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Senior South Yorkshire Police ‘made officers rewrite their Christmas Cards’

Messages inside greetings cards received by friends of members of South Yorkshire police were dictated by senior officers, a new report published today shows. A study by the University of Leeds reveals that twenty eight cards sent to friends of serving officers in December 1984 contained this identical message:

‘I was walking down insert name of high street when I chanced upon a branch of Clinton’s cards or similar. Upon entering the premises I purchased this card, in which I hereby take this opportunity to wish you season’s greetings. Unless you are one of them striking scum in which case it is my duty to inform you that further illegal assembly will result in instant arrest, in some cases using physical force legitimately available to officers under the Police Act, 1959. I hope you enjoy the humorous picture of a Santa slightly the worse for wear due to drink OR fat lady in the nude with mistletoe delete as appropriate.’

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Posted: Oct 24th, 2012 by nickb

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