Police wearing para wings?

#1
Spoke to a chum of mine last night who was in the Met Police in the 70's/80's.

He mentioned that some ex Para types serving on the force would sometimes wear their wings, however they would wear them above the breast pocket of their tunic.

Also, there was a force in the South West (can't remember where) who's senior man was ex forces (and ex para-I think), he also apparently encouraged the wearing of wings.

Has anyone else come across this? or is my mate telling me porky pies?
 
#4
Corps of Commissioners can & do wear wings if they have earn't the right to. Police do wear military medal ribbons they have earn't, never heard of anything else though.
 
#5
I know a copper who between terms at uni, used to work for Billy Smarts circus. In recognition of the fact, Thames Valley Constabulary let him wear his clown shoes, red nose and water squirter flower with his uniform.
 
#6
I am a Customs officer & uniformed officers are not permitted "Qualification" type badges such as parachute wings. Medal ribbons are permitted however. The wearing of poppies by uniformed officers is encouraged & HMCE (now HMRC) has a service of remembrance at Custom House each Armistice Day.

Additionally, there is a book of remembrance for the Queen's Westminsters & the Civil Service Rifles displayed in Custom House with a stone memorial & the colours of the now defunct RBL branch that once operated.
 
#7
call_me_jack said:
Sounds like bullsh1t, they wont be doing much parachuting in the Met. where would they draw the line? badges from scouts/cadets/etc etc
S*d off, I earned my bugling merit badge the hard way.

Scout Master was always keen for me to practice on his nob. :wink:
 
#10
dan_man said:
Perhaps its some para-police group that goes around hunting terrorists and jumping out of helicopters onto car thiefs?
Doubtful the ammount of time needed to complete the risk assesment and other red tape tasks would mean somebody would have to have had the idea before planes were invented! :roll:
 
#13
Nehustan said:
Random_Task said:
dan_man said:
Perhaps its some para-police group that goes around hunting terrorists and jumping out of helicopters onto car thiefs?
It would seem the French have such a unit! :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPIGN
But the gendarms are an army unit even tho' they carry out police duties, n'est pas?
True - but it fits that the EPIGN are part of the Gendarmerie for that very reason. Not something they could give the Police Nationale.
 
#15
I thought the unit was called GIGN?
France also has RAID and the CRS. Germany has GSG9. I maybe wrong, but the UK is the only European nation without a paramilitary "third force" in addition to CivPol and Armed Forces.
 
#16
Police in Thailand wear Jump Wings on thier uniform, They all frickin dress like the Army in South East Asia/Africa/South America.

Guess all the Feds are turning Squaddies!
 
#18
Random_Task said:
Spoke to a chum of mine last night who was in the Met Police in the 70's/80's.

He mentioned that some ex Para types serving on the force would sometimes wear their wings, however they would wear them above the breast pocket of their tunic.

Also, there was a force in the South West (can't remember where) who's senior man was ex forces (and ex para-I think), he also apparently encouraged the wearing of wings.

Has anyone else come across this? or is my mate telling me porky pies?
May be in the old days when the Police were more Milteristic but doubt it very much, but they would not be allowed now, only insignia allowed to be worn is that issued by the force with the exception of Medal ribbons which they have earnt
 
#19
The Feds, HM Prison Service etc do wear medals they have earned, Becouse its still a Crown Service.

Even the AA and RAC(The Royal Auto Club!) used to wear medals and do drill, That was back in the old days.

And they used to go cruisin in dese


Does anyone remember a TV series about the AA in the 50's?, Last aired on BBC around 1996?.
 

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