August 21st, 2010

Knickers to you

Posted in The Job - General by 200

One wonders what is going on in the turnout of officers in West Midlands that the force feels the need to advise on the correct form of underwear to be worn on duty.

A recent message on the force intranet has advised that officers must wear pants of an “appropriate” colour & design. So it’s no thongs or boxer shorts that can be seen above trousers that drag round the arse like a chavved up teenager, then?

The item as sparked responses in the latest issue of Police Review. One correspeondent said, “Any chance they could run a piece on tying shoelaces, or how to use toilet paper?” Another said, “Rather than spending time on sending pointless messages out concerning the way we look when doing the job, the force should concentrate more on letting us do the job of a police officer trying to catch criminals.”

Assistant Chief Constable, who clealry didn;t have anything better to do said, “All supervisors, at whatever level they are in the organisation, have a clear mandate to challenge inappropriate dress.”

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6 comments

  1. Stan Still says:

    I have been out this weekend to buy sensible pants and I have thrown away my pink latex mankini.

    August 21st, 2010 at 23:35

  2. Steve says:

    As a retired West Mids, if such a directive had been issued back in the 80′s it whole shifts would have taken the p**s big style and worn their missus’ Anne Summers specials outside their uniform for parade (and that includes the WPC’s). They’ve lost their sense of humour along with their priorities by the sound of it.

    August 22nd, 2010 at 00:21

  3. Ian says:

    And watch out for all the skid marks that will shut the road for some time

    August 22nd, 2010 at 08:15

  4. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    What is upsetting the West Mids boys and girls about this is: it’s stupid and irrelevant… and … there are much more pressing matters with the uniform like, officers not allowed to wear armour in the front offices, black shirt/white shirt issues…

    then we have a faceless supt that does what?

    noone can tell me what ANY supt ACTUALLY does…

    August 22nd, 2010 at 10:11

  5. FrankC says:

    I never knew that blue serge was a see-through material. Perhaps the originator of the email had seen a “stripper-gram” and thought she was a real PC.

    August 23rd, 2010 at 23:16

  6. Weary says:

    Sadly the correspondent in Police Review failed to realise that yesterday’s parody becomes today’s policy. At my nick, we (honestly!) have little posters on the inside of the toilet cubicles demonstrating the way your body should be positioned for a safe bowel movement. I sh*t you not (sorry, couldn’t resist that).

    More generally though, frankly officers do need a boot up the bum about the way they dress. Round my way at least, provided you’ve got something saying “Police” somewhere on your clothing, pretty much anything seems to go. Essentially officers have taken to mixing and matching any bit of kit which was issued in the past twenty years, combining them with personal purchases, with the result that if you lined up a shift, pretty much the only “uniform” thing about their uniforms is that everyone is leaning towards (though not exclusively of course) black and fluorescent yellow.

    August 24th, 2010 at 16:47

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