A POLICE force has started using cardboard “cops” in hi-viz clothing and holding speed guns to try to stop motorists from driving too fast.
The first of the two-dimensional duo — which are understood to cost around £190 each — has been unveiled on the B4368 in Munslow, Shrops.
Sgt Damien Kelly, who is managing the trial, said: “Keeping communities safe is one of our organisational priorities and pop-up cops are simply an additional tool we can use.
“At first glance, Bob does make you check your speed which is a positive reminder about road safety in itself.
“We appreciate that motorists will quickly realise that Bob is a cut-out, which is why we will be using him smartly and efficiently alongside other speed prevention activity.”
The new recruit has received a mixed reception.
Brian Buttleworth, of Bridgnorth, Shrops. said: “You can see clearly it’s just a cardboard cut-out. This is just a lazy gimmick.”
Jill Chambers, of Craven Arms, Shrops, said: “They should be investing in real officers, not cut-out versions. I think it’s a joke.”
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But Neil Carr said: “Anything that can help reduce speeding on our roads is a good idea.
“This is a cheap and effective deterrent.”
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “These cardboard coppers are hard to justify.
“Speeding is a serious issue, and taxpayers expect forces to spend their cash on catching criminals and putting bobbies on the beat.”