UK police have knuckles rapped over Harlem Shake video

Footage shows officer dancing alone before colleagues start prancing around wildly

A videograb from the footage of London police officers doing the Harlem Shake

A videograb from the footage of London police officers doing the Harlem Shake

Mon, Jul 8, 2013, 11:53

London police community support officers who posted a comical video of themselves on YouTube as part of an internet dance craze have been disciplined by Scotland Yard bosses.

The transport PCSOs were punished over a clip of them doing the Harlem Shake which was posted online in February.

The footage shows one officer in a crash helmet dancing alone, before his colleagues start wildly prancing around.

Video: Metropolitan Police Harlem Shake

With blue lights flashing in the background, one can be seen with a traffic cone on his head, grinding up against a police van.

Six PCSOs received written warnings over the video, which was filmed on police premises and is entitled Metropolitan Police Harlem Shake, while a seventh resigned.

That officer was facing gross misconduct proceedings over a number of issues including the video.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The MPS does not condone unprofessionalism in the workplace.

“We expect high standards from all our staff. Appropriate misconduct procedures have been taken regarding those involved and the matter is now closed.”

PA