They are supposed to guard the rules of the road, but this time it is Russia’s traffic police that appear to have been found wanting.
Several car owners in Moscow say officers illegally used them as a road block in a vain attempt to stop an armed gang.
Unaware of what was about to happen, the vehicles were rammed at full speed despite the drivers still being in their cars.
The criminals got away but the owners want answers.
Deputy Chief of Moscow road police Igor Isayev said: “I can say the head of the regiment implicated in this case has been sanctioned and reprimanded. As for others, we will look at the circumstances and disciplinary measures could also be taken.’‘
The incident is just the latest in a long list of scandals involving Russia’s force. Last month President Dmitry Medvedev fired a slew of senior officers and told the rest to clean up their act, with accusations of widespread corruption within the ranks.
Medvedev has promised tough punishment for police who break the law in an effort to halt falling confidence in society for the force.