Whilst on duty and in uniform nine police officers were investigated and each fined £200 for breaking Covid rules.
Pictures posted on social media this month showed the nine Police officers dining at a local café eating breakfast.
Brian Jennings who took the photos said, “There’s a large police depot on the Thames riverside near me. I walk past it a few times a week because it’s a nice quiet place to take exercise.
“On the neighbouring industrial estate there’s a café. ‘We noticed in the first lockdown and then we noticed it again today that, regularly, first thing in the morning there will be half a dozen squad cars outside and every table full of police officers having breakfast in there.
“It’s not a one off it’s been going on for a few months. You read about people getting fined in the papers and it seems hypocritical as there’s no attempt at social distancing in the café.
“It’s a public café and it’s open and it’s serving table service in lockdown, it is not good. It’s about as bad as it gets in the UK with a virus and it’s insensitive and stupid. I think it’s really bad.”
The photos were taken on 9 January which showed officers from the South East basic command unit dining at The Chef House Kitchen Café in Greenwich with a line of police cars parked outside.
Following an investigation each of the police officers were fined with fixed penalty notices for £200 each, totaling £1,800.
Chief superintendent Rob Atkin, South East BCU Commander said, “Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to stop the spread of the virus and the public rightly expect that they will set an example through their own actions.
“It is disappointing that on this occasion, these officers have fallen short of that expectation.
“It is right that they will pay a financial penalty and that they will be asked to reflect on their choices.”