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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

London Met In Trouble

Some police officers are in open revolt against a ban on wearing this 1" badge in their lapels.

Officers at Heathrow were sporting the badges (which cost £1 each to raise money for Help for Heroes) but a member of the public complained they were 'offensive' and officers have been told not to wear them.

Peter Smyth, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation which represents more than 30,000 rank-and-file officers, said staff in the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Group, CO19 firearms squad and dog units have joined the revolt.

This isn't the first time there's been trouble at Heathrow: last month, on Armed Forces Day, officers were told to remove the Union Flag from the flagpole above the airport police station because was not an "approved" ensign.

It really makes you wonder what you have to do in this country to have your views heard by Scotland Yard & ACPO. How about demanding a change to the uniform? Or this - Supporting 'Gay Pride'.

UPDATE: Sir Paul Stephenson has now backed down and the badges will be allowed. Thank goodness for some common sense. It's time to crack down on the insulting petty bureaucracy. The member of the public who complained the badges were offensive should be named & shamed - and get a life, preferably somewhere else.

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