In recent months, on a number of occasions, I have observed police officers in public, who were not wearing the headgear that is part of their official uniform. To all intents and purposes, they looked like supermarket or building site security officers. It was my understanding that police officers wear a uniform for the purpose of identifying themselves to the general public and thus commanding a degree of respect. Could you please explain to me how, why and when this policy was changed?
There has been no change to the policy line managers continue to monitor compliance concerning dress and uniform.
The current policy in respect of headwear and has been in existence for some years, which is as follows: