Are police uniforms intimidating
police are under pressure not only for the killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri - for which a grand jury decided yesterday not to indict the officer - but also for the military-style response to the sometimes violent protests that followed. Afghanistan's police, often themselves the target of armed attacks, are officially authorised to respond with weapons 'and explosives', albeit only after other methods have failed, and no fewer than six warnings have been issued.
Austrians: Two Austrian police officers are seen posing in front of a water cannon in Vienna.
"What we have at the moment are officers wearing a dress shirt and a tie, which often tend to get jammed and clogged up under body armour," he said.
"Wearing a thick and heavy protective garment on top of a cotton shirt meant that as soon as you start walking round the officer would be soaked through with sweat.
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Conservative David Jones said it would give officers a "sinister" appearance.
The secretary of the North Wales Police Federation, Richard Eccles, said the current uniform had become outdated.
I have a friend who lives in newport and he says the welsh police recently adopted US-style baseball caps in many areas and now there is a big backlash of people wanting a return to the traditional (if ridiculous) helmets.
Its deputy superintendent, Kulwant Singh, says that 'firearms have not been used in the 59 years since the FRU was formed'.
London police constable Ben Sinclair (left) poses for a photograph while wearing his Metropolitan Police uniform with a high visibility jacket.
the Gendarmerie in France, but even there normal police appear more threatening. I have noticed that British police uniforms are far, far less intimidating than their European/ american equivalents.
the Gendarmerie in France, but even there normal police appear more threatening."A dress shirt and a tie is great in the office but does not really suit the action police officers often face nowadays." Public concern But some local MPs said they were concerned about the connotations of an all-black uniform.