Couple of things from the OP.
1. If you think I don't see the irony in my friends actions then you are mistaken. I do not have to agree with his actions to find them amusing. There are plenty of people I don't agree with that I find hilarious, sometimes because they are a dick and not in spite of the fact.
2. I googled the relevant legislation and it was unclear whether the tetra radio/phone was legal or not. With respect to the people on here saying otherwise it is unclear whether the device is illegal on reading the legislation and I was looking for clarification.
3. It is not for the Police to decide but for a court. The court decide the law the Police enforce the law.
4. To the number of people who were abusive on here, I suggest that you get a sense of humour and perhaps if that is not possible consider disappearing up your own backside.
Lets have a look back.............
A friend posted this on YouTube, personally I thought it was hilarious and he had huge gonads.
Bit long at 8 minutes, WPC on the tetra radio in traffic not using hands free. What is the law on Police Officers using their mobile phone and do they have an excemption?
Hypothetically , would sending a motorcycle policemen after a cyclist, because the cyclist had seen a copper using their phone whilst driving and had videoed it, be an attempt to pervert the course of justice?
Doesn't tetra perform both functions? Doesn't this therefore not make it excempt under the act?
No he doesn't but he is very amusing :-). He specializes in bringing to account people who think they are above the law.
Personally, I think that people who behave like the law doesn't apply to them should be disciplined. I fully support people being prosecuted for driving using mobile without hands free, but you cannot have one law for Joe public and another for the Police.
Tetra is a mobile phone, which can be used as a radio. Functionally, tetra performs the same function as a mobile phone.
Police have hands free capabilities, so why was she not using them.
Answer - Some members of the Police think that the law applies to other people.
I admire him for standing up to coppers who think they are above the law.
I posted it up because I thought that it might get some interesting comments and was interested on the rules regarding use of mobile devices by Police.
Since Tetra are really mobile phones, everyone knows they perform the same function, but apparently Police are excempt because the Police enforces the law. Or the law is interpreted by the Police that way because they look after themselves and can then phone their family in impunity.
Using a Police motorcyclist was not the best use of resources whatever the legality. Motorcyclist came out of it well as mentioned by couple of people.
So you were wrong and your mate,yep he was wrong too.