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The coolest cop in the world

by Darren

We’re now almost at Christmas Day and it’s a bit different to last year.  We spent last New Year in Copenhagen, starting the EuroFifty challenge.  On New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay as Louise insists I call it) our group went for a wander round the city.  We visited the famous Little Mermaid statue then took a walk to Amalienborg Slotsplads, an octagonal courtyard which is home to four palaces, including Amalienborg Palace, the winter home of the Danish royal family.

It is from here that the Danish Monarch gives the traditional New Year’s Day address to the nation so when we got to the Slotsplads and found a lot of police activity we were hopeful of a royal sighting.  It wasn’t to be but we did have the fun of spending time with this policeman who turned out to be the coolest cop in the world.  Photographers were welcomed rather than harrassed, the policeman’s identity was visible rather than hidden and there wasn’t a hint of kettling in sight – just a polite request to stand behind a line on the ground when the changing of the guard was taking place.  Best of all was the tongue-in-cheek (at least I think it was tongue in cheek!) threat to shoot a cyclist who was meandering through the plaza in defiance of the rules.

In a world where criticism of the police and the authorities comes very easily it was great to meet someone who was just fun to be around.

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