- 30-04-2012, 19:57 #331
Liverpool years before I joined up, so it may have very little relevance to your time in green.
Just a bit on Werewolfs comment though, if I needed a stab vest and had a figure like that copper's, I'd ask for a longer one to help prevent me getting stabbed in the barrage balloon. Surely in this dreadful PC H&S world we have to dwell in, some pedant has done a gut/protection Risk Assessment and declared either the vest or the gut "Not Fit For Purpose".Politically correct doesn't mean morally correct
- 30-04-2012, 20:18 #332
Needless to say I informed them that I could live with that. That bit of exposed gut is the only place I've ever actually seen a colleague stabbed in.
You are right though it's not a flattering picture.And what should they know of England who only England know?
- 30-04-2012, 20:21 #333
Nothing wrong with shirt and tie?
Dont be a mug, Shirts and ties are fking inappropriate for day to day response policing, primarily due to the collar and tie sticking in your throat whilst driving in body armour
Sadly due to the prevalence of knife crime and knife assaults on officers (Ive had attempts at stabbing me 3 times) body armour is a must.
Unfortunately the current Met design of body armour, was, funnily enough, a very cheap one, so it looks shite and its one-size-fits-no-fucker.
Same with the shite belt-kit.
The new 'National Standard' body armour is very good however, and in an amazing bit of joint up thinking will apparently be UK wide, it looks good and is breatheable. It's less 'Universal Soldier' as you put it.
Personally I think they should invest in a waist length jacket for officers and have body armour that fits under that easily, preferably with pouches on it to store stick, cuffs and one day Taser. Either that or pay more for the folding cuffs that dont stick out like the current lot.
I think how an officer looks (in terms of approachability) is much less important than comfort and ability to do the job, but if we must worship at the bullshit altar of appearences then it should be kit that works and is fit for purpose.
Collar and ties are NOT fit for day to day patrolling.pain heals, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever!!!!
- 30-04-2012, 20:23 #334
- 30-04-2012, 20:49 #335
- 30-04-2012, 20:57 #336
But prior to that I did response when it was the "white shirts free-fall display team" outside pubs every friday and saturday night.
I wore a MetVest and belt order (even before the overt outside carrier, when I started it was the white undershirt job).
The new overt one never bothered me, the undershirt one you couldn't take off was a pain in the arse.
Maybe I have a mutant body shape! Dunno.
We used to have the standard "mad PC" that each station seems to have that worked response in a tunic. That is going a bit far.
- 30-04-2012, 21:05 #337
Strangely, the massive heavier 'ballistic' AFO armour sets are a shitload more comfortable but look 'too aggressive' so not allowed.pain heals, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever!!!!
- 30-04-2012, 22:07 #338
- 30-04-2012, 22:10 #339Politically correct doesn't mean morally correct
- 30-04-2012, 22:11 #340
- Join Date
- Nov 2006
Edited to add link to urban dictionary, which claims heard in Manc in the 90's, but it was definitely in use well before then.
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