Police officer apologises for Twitter selfies near crash scene

The selfies posted to Twitter from the scene of the crash

The selfies posted to Twitter from the scene of the crash

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A POLICE officer has apologised after posting selfie-style photographs of emergency services staff smiling yards from the scene of a four-vehicle collision.

North Yorkshire Police said Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service workers had asked the officer, who has not been named, to take the images after dealing with the crash, on the North York Moors, near Fylingdales.

The Northern Echo:

Three people sustained minor injuries and two others received hospital treatment before being released, following the crash on the A171 on Tuesday, at 9am.

Minutes after pictures of the crash scene were posted on North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group's Twitter page, the pictures of emergency services staff were added with the hashtag 'professionalsatwork'.

Facebook users labelled the selfies as disrespectful and crash victim Liam Gault added: “It doesn’t matter if the crash resulted in injuries or not, there are things you don’t do and this is one.

“The crash will have affected the people involved and would have had a knock-on effect for loads of other drivers who I’m sure would have been annoyed to see the emergency services taking selfies.”

A police spokeswoman said the officers had been waiting for recovery vehicles to arrive before reopening the road.

She added: "Although these are the frontline members of staff who work with each other on an all too regular basis, dealing with tragedy on our roads every day, thankfully, on this occasion, no-one was seriously injured.

“Social media is a valuable tool for the emergency services and is used every day by hundreds of officers and staff to engage and inform members of the public and to help us prevent and detect crime.

“The officer who took the photo has apologised if any offence has been caused, particularly to the people involved in the collision.”

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We are assured that the photograph was taken by the police officer in innocence and did not breach patient confidentiality.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue area manager Dave McCabe responded: “We will be carrying out an investigation into this occurrence and are, therefore, unable to comment further at this time.”

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6:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

darloboss says...

cant see a problem with it myself
cant see a problem with it myself darloboss
  • Score: 9

7:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

I'm quite amazed here, people who do a job of work, that many would run a mile from, taking a few pictures of themselves.

The only thing wrong here is THE GRASS, that made this public in order to cause trouble, to which of course North Yorkshire Police grunted and groaned, as they prefer all the negative stuff to be laid at Clevelands door.

Lets hope they don't go looking for revenge, by picking on Chubby again.
I'm quite amazed here, people who do a job of work, that many would run a mile from, taking a few pictures of themselves. The only thing wrong here is THE GRASS, that made this public in order to cause trouble, to which of course North Yorkshire Police grunted and groaned, as they prefer all the negative stuff to be laid at Clevelands door. Lets hope they don't go looking for revenge, by picking on Chubby again. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: -4

7:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

darloboss wrote:
cant see a problem with it myself
I can't either me old mate.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: cant see a problem with it myself[/p][/quote]I can't either me old mate. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 8

8:21am Fri 29 Aug 14

grumpyoldpops says...

Cant see the problem myself these people do a cracking job and the crash pics show what happens to careless drivers and the innocent ones too
Cant see the problem myself these people do a cracking job and the crash pics show what happens to careless drivers and the innocent ones too grumpyoldpops
  • Score: 9

8:53am Fri 29 Aug 14

reasoned view says...

Hardly news is it?
Hardly news is it? reasoned view
  • Score: -1

9:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

john davidson rr says...

nothing wrong with it whatsoever, the police and emergency services do a fantastic job and see some horrific scenes - accidents don't 'happen' they are usually caused by some idiot - the more we see these images the better.
nothing wrong with it whatsoever, the police and emergency services do a fantastic job and see some horrific scenes - accidents don't 'happen' they are usually caused by some idiot - the more we see these images the better. john davidson rr
  • Score: 15

5:51pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Sick As A Pig says...

Nothing wrong ? Instead of taking bloody photos and having a laugh and a giggle they should be looking after the injured, crash scene and the public. it is their jobs afterall. Well done to THE GRASS.
Nothing wrong ? Instead of taking bloody photos and having a laugh and a giggle they should be looking after the injured, crash scene and the public. it is their jobs afterall. Well done to THE GRASS. Sick As A Pig
  • Score: 2

7:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

K. Richardson says...

'Selfies' are for silly little girls and... oh sorry, as you were.
What's the criteria for being a copper these days, the ability to access tw@tter ?
'Selfies' are for silly little girls and... oh sorry, as you were. What's the criteria for being a copper these days, the ability to access tw@tter ? K. Richardson
  • Score: 2

8:50pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Del668 says...

Everyone needs to get a life, what's the problem?? Nothing to see here, move along now!!
Everyone needs to get a life, what's the problem?? Nothing to see here, move along now!! Del668
  • Score: -1
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