Hertfordshire Constabulary apologises for World Cup tweets linking Colombia with cocaine and Nigeria with 'West African' scam artists

Hertfordshire Constabulary apologises for World Cup tweets linking Colombia with cocaine and Nigeria with 'West African' scam artists

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Police have apologised for posting tweets that linked World Cup countries with stereotypical crimes.

Hertfordshire Constabulary caused offence when it used a Colombia match to highlight drug crime by pointing out the country is the "world’s largest cocaine producer".

The force also received criticism when it later used a Nigeria match to warn its 21,000 Twitter followers about falling victim to West African fraudsters.

In a statement a Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by the tweets issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary linked to the World Cup.

"Our only aim was to give crime prevention advice about issues which may affect communities in Hertfordshire, having researched crime issues for the countries involved in the tournament.

"In order to prevent any further offence we have removed the posts."

During the world cup Hertfordshire Constabulary has been posting graphics on Twitter using nations involved to highlight various crimes.

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Another graphic produced for Bosnia and Herzegovina's match

Ahead of a Colombia it tweeted a graphic saying: "Despite improvements in security, crime rates remain high in Colombia. Illegal armed groups and other criminal groups are heavily involved in the drugs trade.

"Columbia remains the world’s largest cocaine producer."

The messaged added that "Hertfordshire Constabulary strives to make the county a safer place to live and drugs free."

In the Nigeria graphic the force’s Twitter follower were told: "British nationals are increasing being targeted by scam artists operating in West Africa.

"The scams come in many forms (romance, friendship, business ventures, work and employment opportunities) and can pose great financial risk to the victims."

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2:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

But it's true ?
But it's true ? jasonwatford
  • Score: 25

3:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???
interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn??? watford1881
  • Score: -23

3:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

George M says...

Yes, the truth hurts. Worse yet is the fact that he apologised for speaking the truth. Racism? Really? What PC planet do you live on?
Yes, the truth hurts. Worse yet is the fact that he apologised for speaking the truth. Racism? Really? What PC planet do you live on? George M
  • Score: 23

3:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Graham27 says...

Is Jeremy Clarkson the new chiel of police in Herts?
Is Jeremy Clarkson the new chiel of police in Herts? Graham27
  • Score: -16

3:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14

allreality says...

jasonwatford wrote:
But it's true ?
no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: But it's true ?[/p][/quote]no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud. allreality
  • Score: -20

4:00pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Keefer says...

watford1881 wrote:
interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???
Do tell how it's racist to point out a few basic facts pertaining to crime stats in other Countries in order to warn locals of crime that is taking a hold over here?

How is it racist to say Columbia is the biggest exporter of Cocaine in the world, or that America has the highest number of gun killings in the world, if the claims are proven facts?

The facts can't & shouldn't be denied, no matter how you want to spin it! You're obviously a relic of the Labour Years, when this kind of claim would see someone lose their job and someone with a more "sympathetic" leaning would be installed. The days of spin & political sensitivity appear to be numbered.

So let's have more of the Truth & less Politically Correct BS..
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???[/p][/quote]Do tell how it's racist to point out a few basic facts pertaining to crime stats in other Countries in order to warn locals of crime that is taking a hold over here? How is it racist to say Columbia is the biggest exporter of Cocaine in the world, or that America has the highest number of gun killings in the world, if the claims are proven facts? The facts can't & shouldn't be denied, no matter how you want to spin it! You're obviously a relic of the Labour Years, when this kind of claim would see someone lose their job and someone with a more "sympathetic" leaning would be installed. The days of spin & political sensitivity appear to be numbered. So let's have more of the Truth & less Politically Correct BS.. Keefer
  • Score: 17

8:24pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Hand of Destiny says...

watford1881 wrote:
interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???
Perhaps at the same time you will learn to spell!
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???[/p][/quote]Perhaps at the same time you will learn to spell! Hand of Destiny
  • Score: 8

8:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Hand of Destiny says...

allreality wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
But it's true ?
no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.
You've been on the the old Waccy baccy my son. You should alter your name to 'Altered Reality'
[quote][p][bold]allreality[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: But it's true ?[/p][/quote]no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.[/p][/quote]You've been on the the old Waccy baccy my son. You should alter your name to 'Altered Reality' Hand of Destiny
  • Score: 4

9:41am Tue 1 Jul 14

Nick El Greco says...

allreality wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
But it's true ?
no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.
Columbia only fell behind Bolivia and Peru in terms of cocaine manufacture 3 years ago but are sill a massive producer. The UK do not 'remain' nor have they been in the last 100 years the biggest consumer of illegal drugs. That would be the USA which is not entirely surprising since they have a population 5 times ours. The same applies to your other two categories

You really are an idiot
[quote][p][bold]allreality[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: But it's true ?[/p][/quote]no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.[/p][/quote]Columbia only fell behind Bolivia and Peru in terms of cocaine manufacture 3 years ago but are sill a massive producer. The UK do not 'remain' nor have they been in the last 100 years the biggest consumer of illegal drugs. That would be the USA which is not entirely surprising since they have a population 5 times ours. The same applies to your other two categories You really are an idiot Nick El Greco
  • Score: 2

11:08am Tue 1 Jul 14

BorneoHorneo says...

Oh come on! West Africa, especially Nigeria are renowned for fraud - not just in England, but all over the world. As for Colombia, after a recent visit, my understanding is that they produce more coca than any other country - the main ingredient in producing cocaine. So, since when did telling the truth become racist?
Oh come on! West Africa, especially Nigeria are renowned for fraud - not just in England, but all over the world. As for Colombia, after a recent visit, my understanding is that they produce more coca than any other country - the main ingredient in producing cocaine. So, since when did telling the truth become racist? BorneoHorneo
  • Score: 4

11:15am Tue 1 Jul 14

LocalBoy1 says...

I don't see why Hertfordshire Constabulary should apologise at all. "stereotypical crimes?" If the cap fits and it does, then they can wear it!
I don't see why Hertfordshire Constabulary should apologise at all. "stereotypical crimes?" If the cap fits and it does, then they can wear it! LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Bobbio says...

The police spoke the truth, sometimes truth hurts,
The police were wrong to apologise, As LocalBoy1 says 'if the cap fits wera it'
The police spoke the truth, sometimes truth hurts, The police were wrong to apologise, As LocalBoy1 says 'if the cap fits wera it' Bobbio
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Tue 1 Jul 14

BorneoHorneo says...

watford1881 wrote:
interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???
Being a Watford expat, I like to keep in touch with what's going on back home, regularly reading the WO reports and especially 'posts' by readers making comments. Your name seems to come up a lot. Your posts are usually ignorant, I'll thought out and quite simply wrong, be it on WFC or anything else. You also often have negative numbers by your posts, showing that the majority of people disagree with you too.
The comments made by police have nothing to do with institutional racism. I'm more annoyed that they apologised for stating what people already know.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: interstitial racism lives on in Hertfordshire.. When will the police learn???[/p][/quote]Being a Watford expat, I like to keep in touch with what's going on back home, regularly reading the WO reports and especially 'posts' by readers making comments. Your name seems to come up a lot. Your posts are usually ignorant, I'll thought out and quite simply wrong, be it on WFC or anything else. You also often have negative numbers by your posts, showing that the majority of people disagree with you too. The comments made by police have nothing to do with institutional racism. I'm more annoyed that they apologised for stating what people already know. BorneoHorneo
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Tue 1 Jul 14

G_Whiz says...

allreality wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
But it's true ?
no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.
Yep - true, and show's just how cr*p our Law enforcers are.

But at least you agree with the rest of us - stereotyping is easy when its true!
[quote][p][bold]allreality[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: But it's true ?[/p][/quote]no is not true, the main producers are Bolivia and Peru; ooh but the UK remain the main world consumer of illegal drugs in the world, ooH! and did I forget to mention it is the country with the biggest Traffic of child **** in the internet ooh and also the first one on the number of psychopaths per capital; hmmm you must be so proud.[/p][/quote]Yep - true, and show's just how cr*p our Law enforcers are. But at least you agree with the rest of us - stereotyping is easy when its true! G_Whiz
  • Score: 2

10:46am Thu 3 Jul 14

garston tony says...

Even if possibly using out of date stats its not racist to highlight that Colombia is a source of illegal drugs. I dont know if linking crime facts to world cup games was that great an idea but I dont see what the fuss is about to be honest.

But having tweeted the police were going to be damned if they didnt apologise for it and damned now that they have.

It just seems that too many people live their lives looking out for reasons to be offended, get over it will you!
Even if possibly using out of date stats its not racist to highlight that Colombia is a source of illegal drugs. I dont know if linking crime facts to world cup games was that great an idea but I dont see what the fuss is about to be honest. But having tweeted the police were going to be damned if they didnt apologise for it and damned now that they have. It just seems that too many people live their lives looking out for reasons to be offended, get over it will you! garston tony
  • Score: 1

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