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16 Times The Isles Of Scilly Police Killed It On Social Media

The Isles of Scilly is a tiny archipelago 28 miles off the Cornish coast. And its police force is wonderful on Facebook. H/T @ElenaCresci.

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What's it like policing one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the UK?

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Thanks to the Isles of Scilly police's Facebook page, we now know. It might not be the crime hotspot of the UK, and there might only be 2,200 people living on the islands off the coast of Cornwall. But that hasn't stopped the force gaining a cult audience for its posts about the oddities of island life.


Sgt Colin Taylor said the successful candidate would have:

...The ability to explain cheerfully in infinite different ways to holidaymakers that "No, you are not hallucinating, I am a real police officer" and "Yes, there are things for me to do here".

The resolve to issue a parking ticket to your spouse so tactfully as not find dinner in the dog thereafter.

At 2am whilst still wearing pyjamas under your uniform and wiping sleep from your eyes having been called out on duty from deep REM sleep, resolve a disagreement originating hours beforehand regarding the merits of sea salt verses rock salt between a couple of drunk chefs.


6. When they "borrowed" the NYPD badge.

7. When this officer dressed up like an elf for a Christmas grotto at a local school.

11. When Sgt Taylor used Vine to show how IT ALL KICKED OFF on Black Friday.

(Just a reminder that this is what it looked like elsewhere in the UK).


Sgt Taylor told BuzzFeed News he that he "simply didn't understand" why the page had become so popular.

"It scares the bejesus out of me seeing the site likes rocket. I rather fancy most are viewing just to see if I get myself in trouble," he said.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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