I should write a letter to the Times about it if I was you. Waste of good self righteous indignation frothing about it here, when you could have a much wider audience out there.Is it only the colleagues murdered by republicans they honour?
Or do the first and last RUC officers in Northern Ireland murdered by terrorists not count in their book? Victor Arbuckle and Frank O"Reilly, both murdered by fine upstanding, protestant, true-blue and no doubt poppy-wearing, loyalists?
Whatever, the salient points are:
a) the poppy is a symbol that represents a charity, a very honourable one with a proud history, dedicated to looking after the welfare of ex-servicemen. The ginger cop looks too young to be an ex-serviceman and anyway he is a member of a civilian police service which has no connection with the British armed forces,
b) it is customary to wear that symbol in the first week of November, it is odd to wear it in the middle of August, and especially odd to wear it on one's shoulder
and c) which relates to (a) the poppy is a neutral symbol of a charity, it is not some sort of sectarian totem used to rub in the noses of fellow citizens whose politics you happen not to agree with, and should certainly not be worn as such by a servant of the state.
Wear your poppy correctly and with dignity at the proper time of the year, don't debase a proud symbol just because you think it will get a rise out of the Fenians.