Cliche of the Week 26 – Police were forced

November 22, 2010 at 2:07 am 2 comments

(Thank you to Phil Dickson for submitting this Cliche of the Week. Apparently this one has ben annoying him for many years)

Police officers are easily pushed into changing tactics, closing roads and abandoning car chases.

Up to 60 news reports a week say “police were forced” when in fact they were reacting to a situation. Removing the compulsion will in most cases improve the sentence.

“Police were forced to call off the chase as Cane reached excessive speeds in 40 and 60km/h zones, but quickly spotted him near the Royal Hotel at Gatton.” (Queensland Times, November 13)

“The police were forced to change their tactics on public order after last year’s G20 protests in London led to accusations of brutality against several officers.” (Financial Times, November 11)

“Police were forced to clear away some 60 tractors blocking the main road.” (The Independent, November 8

“After a high-speed chase, police forced the inflatable craft to stop and arrested the skipper and eight others.” (The Cape Argus, November 9).

“The accident tied up local traffic for several hours, as police were forced to shut down Routes 1 & 9” (The Star-Ledger, NJ, November 5)

“Lincolnshire Police were forced to increase patrols in the village of Nettleham after residents reported a spate of summer burglaries.” (The Yorkshire Post, November 15)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

Entry filed under: Cliche of The Week.

Cliche of the Week 25 – Rushed to the scene Cliche of the Week 27 – Worst-case scenario

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sarah toa  |  November 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Poor police. How about “Police were forced to abandon fantasies of stopping and searching good looking women, kids who look sideways at them or cashed up bogans on a night out, because the Nats refused to play in W.A..”

  • 2. Spencer Collins  |  November 27, 2010 at 3:12 am

    This is because they are no longer called the Police Force. Journalists are just reminding us that there is force in the service.


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