Bob­bies on the beat get a head start in fash­ion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

BOB­BIES on the beat are be­ing given a brand new look with Amer­i­can style base­ball caps re­plac­ing the iconic Po­lice hel­met.

Cheshire’s po­lice of­fi­cers are thought to be the first in the UK to have in­tro­duced the hard caps to all front line of­fi­cers, which are con­sid­ered to be more com­fort­able and prac­ti­cal.

The ‘cus­to­dion hel­met’ - the tra­di­tional hard high top usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with po­lice­men - was phased out in the 1990s and is now re­served for cer­e­mo­nial pur­poses.

But now Cheshire Po­lice have ditched the dated flat peaked cap and bowler cap worn by male and fe­male of­fices for a uni­sex hard cap. The new cap - which will be half the cost of the pre­vi­ous - will be worn by all the ma­jor­ity of front­line of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing sergeants, con­sta­bles, In­spec­tors and chief in­spec­tors.

Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne said: “I want Cheshire of­fi­cers to be equipped with the most ap­pro­pri­ate uni­form to carry out their jobs safely and ef­fec­tively.

“Fol­low­ing in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal con­sul­ta­tions we’re in­tro­duc­ing hard caps for most front­line po­lice of­fi­cers. The caps are light but very rugged. Their size means that of­fi­cers can com­fort­ably get in and out of ve­hi­cles with­out hav­ing to re­move them, and their mod­ern ven­ti­la­tion and light­ness means they’re com­fort­able to wear all year-round. Feed­back from our of­fi­cers was pos­i­tive.”

A pro­posal for the new head gear was first put for­ward in 2014 and of­fi­cers in North­wich and Ch­ester have been test­ing the new caps to see how they work on the front­line. The new style has had a mixed re­sponse from our on­line read­ers, who have ques­tioned the need for a new uni­form and the

Re­becca Hulme said: “Much more mod­ern and un­likely to blow off in a chase!”

●● Cheshire Po­lice are re­plac­ing their tra­di­tional caps with uni­sex caps

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