I am a bit puzzled by this article on the BBC website: BBC News - West Midlands Police given 'sensible underwear' advice As those who have read other posts from me may know, I am from the other (septic) side of the pond. Here in the US it is traditional for police officers to wear trousers and to keep their trousers on at all times when on duty and in the public eye. The public would have no idea what underwear the police are or are not wearing. The only occasion that I can recall seeing a police officer in his underwear was an officer who observed a child falling into the river and going under. The officer removed gunbelt, trousers and boots to dive down and recover the child. (n.b. this was years ago before body armour). Fair play to him for what he did and no criticism for partially undressing. If the UK police need rules as to what underwear, I am puzzled as to why. Is it a tradition for police to doff trousers in public? Do they do this on a regular basis? Is there something about UK police I do not know? Inquiring minds want to know.