A video shows a British female police officer chasing a suspect.
Social media users circulated footage purportedly showing a female British police officer chasing a suspect through the streets after he fled.
A Twitter user named Paul Golding published the video with the caption, stating, "Modern day British police are just embarrassing."
Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.
Upon conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team discovered the video making the rounds to be older than claimed.
The Video of a Female Officer Chasing a Suspect in Britain Dates Back to 2021
Contrary to the claim, the video does not depict a recent incident where a suspect criminal is seen running away from a female police officer because she could not control him.
After conducting a search on the TikTok user, salahadam05, who originally published the video, as indicated by the watermark in the circulating video,
Misbar's team found that the video was published on March 5, 2021, without a caption.
“Mattd_1994,” a TikTok user, also shared the same video on March 13, 2021, along with an ironic subtitle, "Female police officers trying to arrest men for being out after 6 pm."
Despite the presence of police uniforms and streets that suggest it might have been filmed in Britain, Misbar's team was unable to determine the specific location of the video or the reason behind the chasing operation.
Female Police Officers in Britain
As of October 2022, the British Government reported that there are now over 50,000 women serving as police officers in forces across England and Wales.
This figure of 50,364 women represents a historical high, comprising 34.9% of the overall police workforce. Among the recruits hired since April 2020, 42.5% (13,326) are women.
The government is making good progress toward fulfilling its commitment to recruit an additional 20,000 officers by March 2023, with 15,343 extra police already hired, accounting for 77% of the target.