Police issue apology following Solihull Covid confrontation

We’ve reviewed video footage of one of our officers challenging a man near Dorridge train station, Solihull yesterday morning. 

It’s clear that the officer’s conduct fell far below what we would expect.

His manner was not acceptable, not the face of West Midlands Police, and we will deal with the situation.

The officer has accepted his behaviour was not up to our high standards and we will address this as part of an action plan for his learning and development.

The officer was with a colleague on patrols in Solihull and part of their duties was ensuring people are adhering to Covid restrictions.

The man explained he was heading to work − that’s clearly a justifiable reason to be out and about and there was no suspicion he had committed any offences.

As such, he should not have been challenged in the way he was.

We are sorry.

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