January 27th, 2010

Policing by public opinion

Posted in The Job - General by 200

North Wales Police are doing their bit to up the public confidence stakes in their area.

They’ve gone over to black polo shirts, baseball caps & combat trousers, much the same as a lot of forces. Generally, this is because the uniforms are more fit for the running after burglars & rolling around the streets with drunks & ne’er-do-wells, which the old helmet, shirt, jacket & tie weren’t.

North Wales are doing a public survey to see what the good folk of North Wales think about the new uniforms. They deny they are seeking approval or that things will change if the public decide they don’t like the new look.

I wonder how quickly things will change if they find that public confidence has dropped as a result of the new uniforms.

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  1. MPS Probie says:

    We in the Met will be the last to get sensible kit, especially as our hapless leader is too busy pandering to the mad ideas of the privileged chattering classes, who in turn cling to an outdated idea of law’n'order and haven’t got a clue what real life is like.

    January 28th, 2010 at 00:40

  2. Zac Smith says:

    I suppose that I am sad to see it go. Being an ex-military type I admire the values embodied in well turned out uniform and tradition. There is an advantage to being demonstably different to gun-toting Central European cops, although I appreciate that it might not feel that tangible when confronted with a machete down a dark alley in Peckham.

    That said. the Foot Guards are not patrolling the market in Sangin in red coats and bearskins.

    What is necessary is for police officers to look the part rather than a half chewed toffee and to be visibly differentiated from CEOs, PCSOs, Group 4 and traffic wardens.

    January 28th, 2010 at 12:23

  3. Zac Smith says:

    See below


    January 28th, 2010 at 12:24

  4. Tony F says:

    I have always thought that the old police uniform was very reassuring. I find that the ‘paramilitary’ look can be quite threatening. I mean, when we wore combats, we were meant to look threatening, when in best blues we were supposed to look smart, and, er, well, smart. (I always looked about as threatening as a run over cabbage, but yet a cabbage with a rifle! And about as smart as a sack of shit tied in the middle)

    January 28th, 2010 at 19:17

  5. Blueknight says:

    The Nazi SS uniforms were designed by Hugo Boss.

    January 28th, 2010 at 22:12

  6. anon says:

    Modesty and self deprecation do nothing to conceal Tony F’s very obvious attributes as a pleasant and smartly turned out officer.

    January 29th, 2010 at 09:25

  7. Tony F says:

    Blueknight, I had forgotten that.

    anon, ;-) thanks for the promotion….

    January 29th, 2010 at 20:09

  8. Ambulance Amateur says:

    It’s a bit difficult for the police. The Ambulance and the Water Fairies are usually only seen by the public when doing an active job and therefore need active, job-appropriate clothing. Police officers are there to present an image to the public that engenders confidence and deters crime as well as actually nicking people..

    The kit that does the job for confidence doesn’t cut it in a roughouse and vice versa. We don’t want to “have a quiet word” with a bloke or woman in a paramilitary uniform.

    January 31st, 2010 at 22:15

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