The officer threatened to arrest a Welsh shopkeeper for breaking an Australian law. The officer accidentally googled the laws for New South Wales instead of South Wales for selling smoking paraphernalia.
Gwent Police have apologised to the shopkeeper from Bargoed, near Caerphilly.
Police Federation to ballot members on industrial rights
The Police Federation of England and Wales national committee today voted unanimously to hold a ballot of its membership on the question of whether police officers want full industrial rights.
We greatly regret having to ballot our members in relation to the right to take industrial action but they are incredibly angry at this sustained attack on their terms and conditions, their take-home pay and their pensions.
Every other emergency service is allowed to take industrial action and many police forces in Europe can do likewise. If the status of constable as a servant of the crown, and, therefore, the protection afforded to that status, is removed, police officers will understandably seek parity with other employees.
– Steve Trigg, the Chair of the South Wales Police Federation
The Federation’s 135,000 members will be provided with all relevant information and the ballot will be held as soon as possible. In tandem, the Police Federation will explore all the consequences, including the legal position, with regards to police officers obtaining full industrial rights.