This page is to answer questions asked of us, seen in forums or general subjects that become apparent.
Every day that a Police officer puts on his/her uniform, they know for a fact that they risk their life or their liberty.
Every Police officer, even if they are now a desk jockey, has been in the situation where they have had to put themselves in harm’s way just to do their job. Not many professions can say that.
You have the Saturday and Sunday drink fuelled hard men.
Being called out to the drunk and aggressive husband after putting his wife, “in her place”, only for her to attack you because she loves him and doesn’t want him arrested.
Turning up to that fatal sometimes messy car or motorcycle accident. You are human and it upsets you but, “Buck yourself up, there’s a job to be done.”
The collapsed person behind closed doors. You may have to force entry to find that person (Could be your parents), Slumped over a bar heater and melting into the carpet.
A police officer doesn’t have that luxury to turn around and join people running away from that madman with the machete. They have to run towards it, assess it and maybe place their body in the way of danger to protect the public.
Police officers prove every day that they earn the right to wear a patch, to wear their colours proudly on their cuts.
They have no reason to go out and prove themselves beyond fitting in with the clubs ethos and to prove to their brothers that they are a worthy addition to the club.
This is in response to the usual question’s by the ill-informed people that say, “Police officers impersonate bikers on their days off”, and “If we were to wear a Police uniform we would be arrested for impersonating a Police officer”.
REALLY? If you’ve ever used one of these arguments then you really ought to look at yourself a little more closely!
Am I a biker?
Well let me see. 90% of my working life is spent in the saddle. 12 hr shifts of which at least 9hrs are spent riding a bike. Riding through Central London dodging taxi’s, cyclists and all manner of ill-conceived excuses of drivers and of course riders.
Some of these journeys at faster speed than your average motorcyclist’s albeit with the added safety of blue lights and sirens. (What good are sirens when motorist’s are wearing earphones?) We have had a high standard of training that allows us to do this safely. This is throughout the twelve months of the year.
Do I ride my own bike every day in the winter on my days off? Not always. It’s peeing down, I need some milk, want to visit family or friends.There’s a perfectly serviceable four wheeled cage on my driveway. What do we think? Common sense prevails.
Now on a dry winter’s day, the sun is shining. Heated gloves and warm gear, you try and stop me. Summer’s a different thing. It’s all about tactically dodging household tasks and those jobs you’d saved for when the weather gets better to get out on the bike.
I know plenty of people with those deliciously chrome covered bikes that have their machines in hibernation covered in more blankets than they afford their children for up to five months. That’s not for me.
Also I’m not a person that tours thousands of miles for pleasure. I cover approximately 10,000 miles plus in a built up area for work so I’m not that fussed on circumnavigating the globe on all of my days off.
So, Am I a biker – I believe so
Am I a weekend biker- No
What I do for a living should not hinder what I do in my spare time as long as I stay in the parameters of the law. I was into the bike scene long before I became a Police officer. So what has changed? I still love the biker lifestyle, I am still part of the biker culture. The only difference is that I choose what environment that I mix in.