When Sir David McNee, who headed the crack London
Metropolitan Police Force, addressed the Canadian Association of Chiefs of
Police, he gave an example of British police humor by quoting the following
parody of a Metropolitan Police examination question.
"You are on patrol when an explosion occurs on the next
street. Upon investigation you find a large hole and an overturned van lying
nearby. Inside the van there is a strong smell of alcohol. Both occupants, a
man and a woman, are injured.
"You know he is an unlicensed driver and his passenger is
the wife of your inspector. A motorist stops to offer assistance, and you
recognize him as a felon wanted for armed robbery. Suddenly, another man runs
out of a nearby house shouting that his wife is expecting a baby and that the
shock of the explosion has brought the birth imminent. At that moment, you hear
someone crying for help, having been blown into an adjacent canal by the
explosion. He cannot swim. Describe in a few words what you would do."
Sir David then said that one of his bright young officers
was alleged to have given this problem some thought. The officer picked up his
pen and wrote: "Remove uniform and mingle with crowd."