Frontline officers from the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Operational Command Units as well as Firearms are trialling a new style of uniform.Â The new uniform has been specially designed to be worn while an officer is carrying out front line duties and is much more comfortable to wear under body armour.
The new shirts and trousers are being trialled in response to frontline officers concerns that the current style of uniform is impractical and uncomfortable to wear.Â Â Â
Chief Inspector Rick Burrows who is in charge of the project, said:
â€œWe have decided to trial new items of clothing following feedback from frontline officers who have said that the traditional white shirt and clip-on-tie is not fit for purpose.
â€œWe have looked at a number of garments which would be suitable contemporary â€œfit for purposeâ€ alternatives.
â€œThe garments we are trialling are lightweight, made in a breathable fabric and easy to launder.
â€œA number of other forces have already replaced their uniform; we have looked into these to help formulate our decision for the most suitable new uniform for Hampshire officers to trial.
â€œWe are testing out two styles of operational trousers, bespoke for female and male officers, one with pockets and one without, both made from polycotton which is easy to launder and keep smart.”
Steve Price, Chair of the Hampshire Police Federation, said:
“We have been involved in discussions with the force, seeking more practical clothing ever since body armour was first introduced and are delighted that trials are now taking place.Â Â
â€œSeveral other forces have already made similar changes and the feedback from officers is very positive. The polycotton trousers are already being worn by many officers and their introduction will hopefully also address the long term problem of poorly tailored trousers for female colleagues.”
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