Last week, dashcam footage released by police HQ Scotland Yard showed officers from the Scorpion pursuit team knocking suspects off their mopeds on London streets. The suspects could be seen flying over car bonnets and across roads.
Scotland Yard has revealed that this tactic is in place to combat moped crime, but that the technique is only enforced by specially-trained Scorpion drivers.
Moped crime has become a serious issue. So far in 2018, more than 12,400 incidents, including bikes being used in snatch thefts and acid attacks, have been recorded in London alone.
Officials say police officers have knocked a total of 63 suspects off mopeds so far in 2018. They say that the policy – called Operation Venice – has helped reduce moped crime by a third in just a year.
Critics however have condemned the tactic. Some have said that this policy increases the chance of “death by police car”. Some police officials have even criticised Scotland Yard’s new policy, describing the method as “dangerous driving”.
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