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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?

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.
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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.

Here are some of the best:

1. This warning about "moderate traffic disruption".

2. When the office cat, deputy chief constable Mowgli, got a promotion, then retired.

3. This touching send-off to a police constable.

4. When they posted the most bizarre job advert in police history in an attempt to find her replacement.

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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.

In the comments, the police force made clear that baking ability was a key consideration.

5. This post, about the most Scilly Isles crime of all time.

6. When they "borrowed" the NYPD badge.

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

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8. When they used the phrases "sick abs" and "gnarly exploits" when they got verified by Facebook.

9. When an officer spotted a drunk person trying to steal a 25kg anchor from a pub.

(The anchor was fine).

10. When Sgt Colin Taylor left this heartfelt tribute to a local woman who worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

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

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

12. This excellent suggestion for how to save time with toxicology tests.

And this cheery way to end a serious post on drugs.

13. When Mowgli investigated an important case.

14. When the Facebook page posted this picture of a sassy seagull called Charlie.

15. When vandals damaged a shed and left a crucial piece of evidence: "A fried egg was left at the scene."

16. And the time someone made this festive GIF of Mowgli.

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.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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