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?
 
#3
Sounds like bullsh1t, they wont be doing much parachuting in the Met. where would they draw the line? badges from scouts/cadets/etc etc
 

Mover

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#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.
 
#8
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:
 
#9
The-Daddy said:
I think the only ones in the Met wearing "wings" would be WPCs :wink:
Brilliant
 
#11
That's why they, the french, do not have a dedicated MP unit. The PMs are like our RPs but with extended powers.
 
#12
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.
 
#14
Mover said:
Police do wear military medal ribbons they have earn't, never heard of anything else though.
Do they get away with it?
 
#15
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
 
#16
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?.
 
#18
sandmanfez said:
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.
Wot, like this bloke?

 
#19
BashaBasher said:
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!
Re. Thailand, 'tis true most police wear wings but this is largely a 'face' thing: they buy the pair they like and may never have have even been in an aircraft. Next time you're there, look how many different types of wings there are. I have even seen Brit wings on shoulder. Nearly all bought not earned.

I heard this from an ex-Para in Thailand who had learned from experience never to bother questioning them about it. The trappings of 'face' are very important in Thailand. As the ex-Para told me, his Thai sister in law was a school administrator yet looked 'like a bloody admiral'. Even bus conductors have a metal set of six 'ribbons', three above, three below.
 
#20
countdokku said:
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.
So, you've never met the ACF?
 

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