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Not quite Robo-Cop... Jersey Police deploy metal cut-outs to deter speeders

Not quite Robo-Cop... Jersey Police deploy metal cut-outs to deter speeders

Thursday 06 April 2023

Not quite Robo-Cop... Jersey Police deploy metal cut-outs to deter speeders

Thursday 06 April 2023

From next week, the States of Jersey Police will start deploying two life-size metal cut-outs of officers in an unconventional attempt to tackle speeding in Jersey.

With 600 drivers reported for speeding in 2022, Jersey's winding country roads seem to be the private race-track of boy racers and pedal-happy motorists.

However, from next week, Jersey Police are trailing a unique new method to put fear in the hearts of any reckless driver who dares to go 21 miles an hour through St. Mary's.

To tackle speeding, two life-size metal 2D cut outs of officers holding speed guns will be deployed in speeding hotspots to remind islanders to stay within the speed limit. 

The cut-outs, which have been dubbed 'PC Flats', cost £250 each and come adorned in standard-issue high-vis clothing. They will be attached to lampposts, presumably to prevent a strong gust of wind from knocking them over. 

Aside from their psychological effect on drivers, PC Flats is also impervious to bribery and does not require a tea break. 


Pictured: 'PC Flats' have been recruited into the Jersey Police force to stop speeding. 

Such methods have been used in other UK jurisdictions, including West Mercia and the Isle of Man. The West Mercia iteration was first trialled in August 2022 and was named 'Bob'. 

Unfortunately, 'Bob' was not universally welcomed by his new community. Brain Buttleworth, a resident of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, told the Birmingham Mail: "I can't see how this will work, you can clearly see it's just a cardboard cut-out. This is just a lazy gimmick." 

In anticipation of such searing criticism, Inspector Callum O’Connor said: “We appreciate that motorists will quickly realise that PC Flat is in fact, just a cut-out, but we hope when they are spotted, it will remind those drivers who regularly speed to slow down.

“We anticipate a mixed response from islanders about the cut-outs and perhaps questions why we need to use them instead of real officers, but the reality is they aren’t replacing officers doing speed checks they are complementing existing policing activity in response to local concerns about speeding.

"If our PC Flats prevent one collision, then they have done their job.” 

Pictured top: Can you spot the difference between the real officer and the cut-outs?

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Posted by SimonBevens28 on
Not seen a proper speed check for a very long time and only by the honoraries. Hopefully this will make a difference - and it means the genuine article can remain warm and dry in their citadel
Posted by Marcus Nobes on
Please do some real speed checks on Mont Felard ( La Grade route de st Laurent ) its a race track at night after 9pm
Posted by Martin on
I moved house from St Peter back to St Brelade as the speeding was SO bad!

Worth the £70K fees to be quiet again!

I expect these will soon adorn people lofts or worse!
Posted by Maureen Swann on
I totally agree about the speeding on Le Mont Felard, at any time of the day, particularly towards the beginning/end, It’s very dangerous exiting any side roads. The automatic smiling and sad faces are a good reminder of one’s speed.
Posted by John Smith on
Is this a late April Fool joke?
Posted by Scott Mills on
Give them 5 mins before they are vandalised with "humourous" writing.
Posted by anthony turmel on
start at the Le Mont Cochon test track going past Jersey Hospice at three AM using real police...!
Posted by Scott Mills on
Which one is the Real one?
Posted by Jon Jon on
Once boy racers know where they are they won't stay long ,but anyway a great late Aprils Fool!
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