Saluting in the Police

#6
Neither the honest and open Army way, displaying the hand devoid of weapons, nor the other way that apparently happens in the grubby rat-infested docks towns. The Police salute like Americans, it seems, though I believe not on the same occasions (respecting Commissions) as in the Army & RAF. Can't speak for the aforementioned fishheads, they seems to salute in civvies, no idea what that is all about.

My Dad was a copper when I was a nipper. It was very much like the Army in those days. Indeed they even marched out of the station yard and posted bobbies on the beat.

The modern salute looks dreadful.

Agreed, that looks shit although it appears to be as a result of too many bosses standing too close together than an attempt to emulate the US style.

When I joined in '84 we were taught drill to a passable standard and saluted officers of the rank of inspector and above. The salute taught (at the Scottish Police College) was the British Army standard long way up - short way down. That said, my tutor cop was ex - RN and insisted on saluting the boss in the Navy style, which was tolerated given his background and impressive medal ribbons. The requirement to salute senior officers went by the way in the late 80's. These days, all officers in uniform are expected to salute hearses if practicable (ie they're not directing the traffic at the time). Where on duty in the presence of the sovereign, Inspectors and above should salute.
 
#7
Queens Trooping the Colour June 2009 I went with Mrs Barneyrnsm and in the queue to get searched before entry there was a bobby who said nothing to anyone that passed him,including the RAF types in front of me,till we got to him and he said good morning sir and then passed idle chat while we passed him,I was in my Cadet Force Wavy Navy rig,dolphins and medals,ex matelot perhaps?
 
#9
Watched a memorial service on Meridian this evening for a copper in Kent killed 10 years ago by a hit-and-run. One of the older cops stepped smartly up to the memorial and saluted the Army way - probably an ex-squaddie then.
 

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#11
Dont know where they got all that yank shit from. We were trained in 1998 to salute in the correct British Army fashion but then again we were some of the last to do drill and have a pass off. They dont even get taught not to use American gloves or to shave daily these days.
 
#12
While attending the TA 100 celebrations in Londinium we were having difficulty getting the retarded steward to let us in (100 troops in DPM!!!). From nowhere appeared a police sergeant in floppy pocket trousers and a baseball cap who had a quick word with the RSM. RSM formed troops up and marched towards the barrier as the copper shouted at the mongs to get it moved. As the CO walked past the copper snapped up a smart karate chop salute. As we faded into the distance he was heard to shout "now get the barrier back you *********!" Well done plod!!
 
#14
Dont know where they got all that yank shit from. We were trained in 1998 to salute in the correct British Army fashion but then again we were some of the last to do drill and have a pass off. They dont even get taught not to use American gloves or to shave daily these days.
american gloves?
 
#16
While attending the TA 100 celebrations in Londinium we were having difficulty getting the retarded steward to let us in (100 troops in DPM!!!). From nowhere appeared a police sergeant in floppy pocket trousers and a baseball cap who had a quick word with the RSM. RSM formed troops up and marched towards the barrier as the copper shouted at the mongs to get it moved. As the CO walked past the copper snapped up a smart karate chop salute. As we faded into the distance he was heard to shout "now get the barrier back you *********!" Well done plod!!
Sounds like a search team sgt. so almost certainly ex army, search teams used to be a bit of a closed shop, army first then jolly jack tars then the gay boys.
 

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