Case 160 - Policemen have to walk the beat in pairs due to health and safety issues


The enquirer's son is training to become a policeman and he has been told that police have to walk the beat in pairs because of health and safety issues.

Panel decision

There is no specific legal health and safety requirement which would dictate that officers must patrol in pairs, but it does not seem unreasonable that an assessment of operational needs has led to this policy being put in place.