After the considerable interest shown on my tweet of driving at 140mph at night on a predominantly empty motorway to a break in progress, I would like to add that we as Advanced Drivers in the Traffic and the Armed Response units will always ensure that if we drive at speed, we do not take unnecessary risks. This may seem like an unnecessary speed to many, however officers undertake numerous extensive driving courses which are refreshed regularly in order to keep them to the highly trained standards required for the role they do.
I myself am a Advanced Police driver, a VIP driver and a Pursuit Tactics advisor. I was a Senior Investigating Officer for serious and fatal road traffic collisions for 15 years. I am a Tactical Pursuit and Containment qualified officer and have over 20 years’ experience of driving on full front line shifts. The geography of our Force area means we have to cover vast distances and this is always judged against the potential risk to the persons calling for police assistance, and the other motorists we pass along with ourselves.
We can make up considerable time on empty motorways between locations. General guidance by our driver training department is to keep top speeds to no more than double the speed limit. I would say however, I do regret the tweet, as it does tend to glamorise speed which is inappropriate and unintentional. I try to mix my tweet content to be fun, humorous, create debate, and to show the public what our every day work is. This means I hopefully have the public with me when I want to discuss the more educational and advisory aspects of policing. I thank those who have supported me on this issue.
PS Harry Tangye