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A police chief has hit out at cops being forced to answer "bonkers" questions from the public - such as how many werewoves, vampires and zombies have been investigated.
So far this year Police have logged queries about witches, ghosts, demons, wizards, Big Foot and UFOs.
Chief Constable Ian Arundale is annoyed at officers being forced to spend hours answering "bizarre" queries instead of being on the beat.
So far this year his officers have also logged queries about witches, ghosts, demons, wizards, Big Foot and UFOs.
The rural Dyfed Powys force in Wales is legally required to spend up to 18 hours finding the information needed to answer each request.
Mr Arundale said: "We find ourselves not only dealing with the legitimate inquries but also the bizarre which are time-consuming and take a while to deal with.
"We have to make 20 per cent cuts yet cannot touch a range of statutory obligations such as Freedom of Information.
"It is worrying that we are spending on that and not beat and service delivery."
Officers throughout the force spent 240 hours this years finding the information as part of the Freedom of Information Act.
One question was if there had ever been a recorded trace of Big Foot in the Welsh countryside and how many sightings of zombies had been recorded.
They have also been asked to find the star signs of car thieves and the owners of the cars they steal.
Dyfed Powys Chief Constable Mr Arundale has lobbied local MP Simon Hart to press for changes in the law.
Mr Hart, Tory MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, said: "Frivolous requests are costing a fortune and wasting police time.
"The Freedom of Information Act is a useful tool which I have used myself and which has undoubtedly improved the transparency and accountability of many public institutions,
"The Act has undoubtedly improved the way public bodies work and account for themselves,
"But I am concerned it is also being abused by people making vexatious, petty and sometimes downright bonkers requests.
"It is a worry to me that it could be turning into a bureaucratic monster that is a burden on police time and resources.
"It is time to be looking at introducing more stringent rules on the number, length and nature of requests allowed."
Originally posted by isyeye
I have to say that this article is a little amusing. I know if I was a police officer I would rather be investigating UFOs or Bigfoot instead of something like violent crimes. I know that it may take up some of police officer's time, but there are legitimate reports that need to be investigated. If police do not take reports serious, we may miss actual REAL information regarding these subjects.
Perhaps the police should maintain an accurate and up to date briefing summarizing what records they having related to paranormal reports. Then, instead of spending 18 hours doing research, they could just respond to the queries with a copy of the brief.
I know paranormal activity should be investigated, but it's not the job of the police