Police officer caught using mobile phone while driving in Rotherham

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A police officer has been caught on camera apparently using a phone at the wheel of a police van in Rotherham.

In the eleven-second clip, the driver of the Nottinghamshire Police van is seen to have one hand on the wheel and the other holding a mobile phone while he was driving along Centenary Way, Rotherham, on Monday.

The mobile phone footage has been handed to Nottinghamshire Police.

Paul Murphy, head of Nottinghamshire Police’s professional standards directorate, said police officers and staff were ‘not above the law’.

He said: “Senior officers were made aware of this particular incident after it came to light. Investigative action was taken swiftly.

“The person driving at the relevant time is a police officer and is subject of investigation.

“In advance of a formal interview, appropriate action will be taken to refer the officer to our driver training team for reassessment to drive police vehicles.

“Nottinghamshire Police officers and staff are not above the law, being accountable as any member of the public would be.

“When employees fall short of these standards, it is absolutely right that it is brought to our attention.”