Lancashire cops told to keep dress code

Tattoos, nose studs, long hair, stubble and expensive jewellery have been outlawed in Lancashire – by the law.

Lancashire's smart-looking police officers are dressing to impress with the force's latest dress code.

Headgear, force-issued footwear, white shirts and dark socks are all on the list of commandments to help officers look good for their public.

The rules, revealed to a member of the public following a freedom of information request, also reveal that Lancashire police officers must show police identification numbers on all outer garments – a rule allegedly flouted by Metropolitan Police officers during April's G20 protests.

The rules state: "The Constabulary, like any other organisation, is clear about the image that it wishes to convey to the public.

"How officers and police staff look, particularly in the public eye, is a key part of that perception. An officer's appearance will affect his or her ability to create an 'officer presence', which is the first stage of the conflict resolution model."

The rules also say:

Headgear worn worn at "all times".

Sunglasses only worn in bright sunlight – dark and mirrored lenses are banned.

Avoid giving appearance of being "unshaven".

Wear only minimal jewellery

Make-up in moderation.

Cover up tattoos or other marking that could cause offence.

Male haircuts above the collar and "clear of the ears".

Police uniform historian Jim Treversh, founder of the Police Memorabilia Collectors Club, said: "The police officer needs to command the respect of the people he or she is looking after and one of the best ways is being presentable and looking efficient.

"In that sense, police clothing's not changed that much in the last 300 years.

"The uniforms have become far more practical – they are fire and waterproof and offer a bit more protection.

"I don't like bomber jackets and cargo trousers but I'm a bit old-fashioned. I prefer 70s and 80s style with collar and tie."

Lancashire Police changed its uniform last year after officers complained the old material chafed them when they wore body armour.

County police chiefs agreed to replace the traditional stiff white collar, shirt and tie with a more 'breathable' soft fabric.

A Lancashire police spokesman said: "All response officers have been wearing a new uniform from July 1 which consists of cargo trousers and new shirts that are made from tried-and-tested materials already used by a number of other forces.

"The new uniform will be worn by community beat managers and road policing officers as well as response officers however, these shirts are for daily use under body armour only, and do not replace the existing white shirt/blouse worn with a cravat or tie.

"This will remain as the standard uniform for police officers in many roles and for operational officers when required for specified events.

"The new uniforms will be rolled out to PCSOs and Specials in due course."

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