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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 9:31 am

This happened in Wagga recently.You would think a bit of common sense and humility would have prevailed but no, as an ex highway patrol officer told me, they remove all those kind of qualities at the academy for HP officers.


AN UNDERTAKER was forced to transfer a body to another hearse after police ordered his vehicle off the road as it made its way to the Wagga crematorium.


A highway patrol officer nabbed the hearse driving unregistered as it headed north on the Olympic Highway towards Wagga last month.
The incident saw the undertaker driving the vehicle forced to call another hearse and move the body to the second vehicle at the side of the highway.
The family of the deceased was left distressed by the way police handled the incident.
Wagga police Superintendent Bob Noble said he sympathised with the family over the situation but has backed the officer's handling of the situation.
"Another person might've dealt with it a different way but another person wasn't there," he said.
"An officer has a responsibility to make decisions at the time and I respect the individual authority of that person to do that."
Superintendent Noble said the officer was in no way trying to add to an already difficult time for the family, admitting the circumstances were "regrettable".
"No officer would want to exacerbate or compound grief in those circumstances," he said.
Police have spoken with the funeral company involved in the incident and no formal complaint has been made with regards to the actions of the highway patrol officer involved in the incident.
It's understood the funeral company had only recently purchased the hearse second-hand and had been told by the seller that it had come with 12 months' registration.
But when the highway patrol officer pulled it over, its registration was found to be out of date and it was ordered immediately off the road.
The Daily Advertiser contacted the funeral company in question for comment, but they declined to do so.
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Post  paul on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 9:42 am

How low can you go?...................................not what I was thinking  Laughing  Laughing 


I suppose if the hearse had been let to continue ,& had an accident on the way home from the funeral when speeds were higher ( or even on the way to the funeral ) , & injured someone , there wouldn't have been any third party insurance to cover them & the copper would have copped it for letting them go  Question  unfortunate situation , but apart from escorting them there  which may still have left them uncovered . It was up to the funeral company to make sure it was registered ( they should have had some transfer paperwork given to them ) I call B.S. from the funeral mob .

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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 9:49 am

I understand that Paul, it was an unfortunate situation for everyone. But you would think the copper could have lead the precession and dealt with it at the crematorium with a bit of discretion, not hold up the convoy and swap hearses on the side of the road. Thats disgraceful in my opinion. Funeral mob is at fault no doubt.
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Post  paul on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 10:07 am

With the way the law " stands by their officers " NOT.............Just for taking some initiative & sticking their neck out in an out of place situation like this if  it all turns to shit , the copper would have been the one to cop it .................no-one else . I don't blame him really  ................it would be different if he would have had the backing of his superiors ,& some flexibility in his job .

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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 10:08 am

I agree, disgraceful actions on the coppers behalf. I understand that he was following the letter of the law and insurance liability etc, but a bit of common sense should prevail. 
He was probably pissed off that he can never catch those bloody hearses for speeding and decided to run its plates to see if it was stolen or unreg. Imagine his face when he got a hit. " Woohoo! Got you now, you bastard! "  Power trippers, every one of them. 

Here's a twist on the theme from Canada.  Razz 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2556653/Texting-drivers-brought-DEAD-halt-Police-use-hearse-pull-dangerous-motorists.html

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Post  Hammy on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 10:17 am

If I was the Cop.  And I maybe going off topic here. I'm not sure.  I would have given the hearse an escort to the cemetery ( no lights) and then ask the driver to phone me when it was all over to return and escort him back to his place of business.  Win Win. 
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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 11:00 am

Sounds reasonable Hammy. The thing is as I see it, the Hearse only got pulled over through numberplate recognition. I imagine that in the history of funeral precessions not a single hearse has been pulled over for a Rego check before this technology. Its downright disrespectful at the very least. The officer found out from the comfort of his car. He didn't have to do a damn thing until after the precession. Im sure his boss would understand given the highly unlikely chance of a slow speed accident. In fact Im pretty certain his boss would have gone through him for the way he handled the situation. You see the police do a magnificent job and don't get much if any recognition for it and it only takes one over zealous wanker like this one to put them back to square one in the eyes of the community.
Just for the record, I have the upmost respect for the majority of the police, they do a great job, and I am in no way a cop basher. My sister is infact a long serving officer of the law. I'm attacking this bloke on his lack of humility, not because he's a police officer.
Its one of those "What the hell is the world coming too?" moments for me.

Over and out, Jimmy.


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Post  Hammy on Sat 22 Feb 2014, 11:17 am

Agree fully.  I love the quote:  "Common sense aint that common anymore" .
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Post  b12mick on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 10:39 am

And they wonder why people have very little respect for cops these days.
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Post  Chook on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 11:19 am

I'm not sure about other states but in SA a Police Officer can direct a unregistered/uninsured vehicle to a particillur destination, if it is the same here that direction would have seen the corpse arrive at it's destination and the offence could have been dealt with there
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