EXCLUSIVE: The Metropolitan Police launches probe after a video of an off duty officer flashing his warrant card and receiving £150 in cash from a driver is posted on social media
- The unnamed off-duty police officer was recorded accepting the cash payment
- The footage was posted on Snapchat and has been circulated on social media
- In a statement the Met Police said that they are investigating the 19-second clip
- A spokesman said their early assessment indicates that the money was handed over to pay for damage caused to the officer’s car after a crash
The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation after one of its officers was recorded receiving £150 in cash from a motorist.
In the footage posted on Snapchat, the unnamed officer, is seen showing the driver his warrant card before being handed the money.
In a statement, the Met today confirmed that they are investigating the 19-second clip that has been widely circulated on social media.
A spokesman said: ‘We are aware of social media footage of an interaction between a member of the public and an apparently off duty police officer.
‘The circumstances of this interaction are currently being investigated.
‘Early assessment indicates the money was handed over to pay for damage caused to the off-duty officer’s car in a damage-only collision.’
The off-duty Metropolitan Police officer was filmed being given £150 in cash by a driver after showing the motorist his warrant card in footage that was posted on Snapchat and went viral
In the clip, the officer, who is not wearing uniform, is seen standing by the driver’s side door.
The recording begins mid-way through the exchange.
The officer gestures to someone off camera and tells them to hold on for ‘one second’.
Turning to the driver, the officer then says: ‘Come on, let’s go.’
The driver asks him: ‘How do I know I’m going to hear no more from you? Show me your badge again.’
The officer replies ‘If I wanted to call it in, I’d call it in. He adds, ‘you must know Sikh guys,’ before his voice tails off.
The Met confirmed they are investigating the 19-second clip involving one of their officers but said their early assessment was that he was handed the money for damage to his car
He then holds up his police warrant card to the driver and his passenger and tells them that his name.
In the footage posted on Snapchat, the clip is captioned: ‘Wish I had the whole thing. 150s a bargain for my freedom but smile p**** your (sic) famous now.’
The exact circumstances of the video along with when and where it was recorded have not been confirmed.
By law drivers must report accidents to their insurance company, even if they don’t make a claim. They must also report it to the police within 24 hours of a collision.
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