Improved uniform standards to make officers look professional and easily identifiable are part of project to improve visibility and integrity.
An overhaul of uniform standards at South Yorkshire Police will make officers look more professional and help to maintain the Forceâ€™s reputation and integrity, it has been claimed
The drive to make officers and staff more easily identifiable to the public will see a greater focus on officers wearing uniform when involved in â€œpublic facingâ€ roles as well as seeing Force buildings and vehicles more clearly branded.
Some PCs attached to CID teams will be required to return to uniform rather than wear plain clothes while detectives who previously came to work in jeans and T-shirts will need to ensure they are dressed in smart business attire. It is claimed that the move will make them more professional and identifiable as officers.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Martyn Bates hopes the focus on improving standards will maintain the Forceâ€™s reputation and integrity as well as increasing public confidence.
He stressed that these changes would not affect officers in covert roles.
He told PoliceOracle.com: “There are a number of detectives who do not particularly work in covert roles but come into work in jeans and T-shirts. We are not saying they looked a mess but it is not a professional image for the Force and we want people to wear suitable business attire.
â€œIt will make them easily identifiable as officers and they look like they will do a professional job.â€
â€œIt will reflect on the Force and make us look more corporate and professional.â€
Members of staff who work in back office roles are also being given an opportunity to promote the Force in the community by distributing crime prevention leaflets and taking part in days of action alongside officers and PCSOs once a month.
The visibility project has been backed by the forceâ€™s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, who vowed to increase visible policing in his police and crime plan.
ACC Bates added: â€œThis is a more innovative way of using our limited resources as well as increasing our visibility.
â€œOur Force has had a number of integrity issues in the past and the chief constable recognises that these have impacted on its image and reputation.
â€œHowever, the satisfaction and confidence levels in our community remain high, which is very positive.
â€œThe chief is very keen to look at standards and integrity at the Force to build on our reputation and part of that incorporates standards of dress. He would like to lead the way on this.â€
Neil Bowles, Chairman of South Yorkshire Police Federation, said: â€œI am all for an increase in professional standards but we remain a trusted service that has always acted professionally.
â€œWe are still one of the most trusted out of all the big vocations.”
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