Thursday, December 25, 2014

British Police at 30th Street Station

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British Police at 30th Street Station

British Transport Police Constables patrolled 30th Street Station Tuesday, working with Amtrak Police as part of an exchange of counterterrorism best practices and security tactics between Britian and the United States.

During a break, the Brits wanted a spot of coffee. Unfortunately for their hosts, the Bobbies didn't head to Au Bon Pain or Cosi - but to the Dunkin' Donuts. The good natured Amtrak Police Officers didn't want to cause an international incident in front of the cameras - mine and AP photographer Matt Rourke's - so they politely followed their guests toward the Cop Photo Op.

While we couldn't resist photographing the chagrined officers, we did promise not to use their names.

Click here or on the photo for a slide show of more of their transatlantic safety and security session.

As the Daily Mail in London quipped, when British officers show their American colleagues around London, presumably in the spirit of cultural exchange, they'll also start the day with some essential English fried cuisine - a bacon sarnie or a fry-up.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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