Police Uniform

MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


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?


Police Uniform

Police Uniform

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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:


  • Headwear must be worn in public, but you can remove it in vehicles and buildings if it’s safe to do so.       
  • Peaked hats and caps must always be worn with the peak forward. 
  • When on foot patrol, male constables and sergeants must wear the beat duty helmet, and women the bowler.
  • Officers are also issued with high visibility waterproof jackets and must have a name badge displayed on their outer garment, which also identifies them as a police officer.  Any officer deployed must also wear epaulettes on their outer garment which displays their identification number.