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Senior officers filmed hula-hooping judged as 'PR flop'

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Public fails to see relevance to International Women's Day.

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A force has received disapproval after posting a video of its assistant chief constable hula-hooping for International Women’s Day.

Hampshire Constabulary arranged various well-being activities for officers to mark the occasion, including hula-hooping sessions for them to attend on their lunch breaks.

The force’s gender lead, ACC Scott Chiltern and Chief Superintendent Darren O’Callaghan were filmed taking part in their free time.

However, the “PR flop” did not go down well with the public who took to social media to express how “embarrassing” it was.

One wrote: “PR disaster, people just don’t want to see this, they just want the police to be the police.”

Whist another said: “At some point forces have to ask themselves, ‘will a stunt like this improve community relations or will it make us look like t*ts and anger taxpayers?’ One day forces will know the correct answer. Until then we’ll continue to witness such utter nonsense.”

Ian Johnston, former police and crime commissioner for Gwent, also wrote: “Absolute nonsense. I worry for the service.”

 

 

Others remained confused over the connection between hula-hooping and supporting women.

 

 

 

Superintendent Annabel Berry, member of the Inspire Network for Women said: “The hula-hooping sessions were arranged to take place during colleagues’ lunchtime periods.

“The senior officers in the video, one of which is the force’s Gender Lead, attended one of these sessions during their lunch periods for a very short period of time to show their support for International Women’s Day and the well-being activities taking place.”

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Hyphen

...meanwhile front line officers are run ragged and pushed to the limit most days.

These things really do infuriate me. We as a service end up looking like complete buffoons. 

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obsidian_eclipse

What's a "lunch break"?

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Mac7

More examples of “own goals” from police twitter accounts obsessing with engagement. Some of the accounts I follow are cringe worthy at times.

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Zulu 22

"Gender Lead" says it all. The whole thing is over board these days.

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Funkywingnut

Someone remind me when 'International Man's Day' is again?  

Or the next Heterosexual Parade? 

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Reasonable Man
Someone remind me when 'International Man's Day' is again?  
Or the next Heterosexual Parade? 

Internationals Men's Day is November 19th - every year since 1992.
Heterosexual Pride events take place all over the place. They unfortunately usually are just to mock LGBT events.

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Funkywingnut
Just now, Reasonable Man said:


Internationals Men's Day is November 19th - every year since 1992.
Heterosexual Pride events take place all over the place. They unfortunately usually are just to mock LGBT events.

I stand corrected. 

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Reasonable Man
I stand corrected. 

Corrected on what? You asked when they were.

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Burnsy2023

I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. Some people need to lighten up a little.

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Funkywingnut
1 hour ago, Reasonable Man said:


Corrected on what? You asked when they were.

I was wrongly assuming we didnt have such days, ignorant I accept.  There I stand corrected.

I still dont understand the need to make a song and dance over it all. 

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David

We really do end up making ourselves look like buffoons, we really do.

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James255
7 hours ago, Funkywingnut said:

Someone remind me when 'International Man's Day' is again?  

Or the next Heterosexual Parade? 

There's no need for heterosexual pride events! It's not like they're discriminated against and made to "come out".

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Reasonable Man
There's no need for heterosexual pride events! It's not like they're discriminated against and made to "come out".

Don't you come on here with your ideas that white, middle class, heterosexual men don't need support to. They are always being discriminated against.

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Hyphen
1 hour ago, James255 said:

There's no need for heterosexual pride events! It's not like they're discriminated against and made to "come out".

You do realise it’s 2018 right? 

I find your post to be a little outdated.

I personally have no issue with pride events and the like but why do you say that there is no need for a heterosexual event?

I am playing devils advocate here, I would have no plans to attend such an event but please explain why one group is more deserving than another? 

Also as part of the original discussion would we see men holding up posters, senior officers messing around and men only talks and events when international men’s day comes around? Will it be as big of a deal? 

I can’t wait for the day when we stop the nonsense around gender and race and all the rest of it. We are all people, let’s get on with it.

 

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