Published on Monday, 29 April 2013 00:00
When British prosecutors asked police officers for an account of crime from ‘PC Peach’ without realizing that Peach is in fact a police dog, the officers filled up a form as if it had been written by the Alsatian.
The witness statement was deliberately written in a scrawly script and signed off with a paw print. It indicated Peach’s age and his occupation. The statement read: “I Chase Him. I Bite Him. Bad Man. He Tasty. Good Boy. Good Boy Peach.”
The form was pinned up on a board at a West Midlands Police station for the amusement of colleagues, who are frequently at odds with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over the handling of cases.
One officer took a photo of the statement where it found its way to a Cop Humour Facebook forum. Shortly after, the image was deleted from the facebook page but was posted by a different dog section force in West Hampshire on Twitter which garnered over a hundred retweets.
The CPS did not share the same sentiments as everyone else who loved it. Prosecution officials have reportedly complained to the police that their mistake has been made into a public joke.
A spokesperson from West Midlands Police, said: “The Professional Standards Department is looking into this, early enquiries suggest it is a light-hearted exchange as a result of a misunderstanding around a police dog and a police officer. The matter will be investigated.”
Bad CPS! Bad! Lighten up and get a sense of humour! The police did a fine job in acceding to your request for a witness statement from Peach. After all, Peach could not write a statement himself and had to get help from literate humans to provide you with the proper documentation. Seriously, give the dog a bone.