Sussex Police has backed down on a badge ban after a storm of protest.
The force had banned officers wearing a union jack badge supporting a police charity because it originally said the badge “breached Sussex Police uniform policy”.
The Sussex Police Federation and officers reacted angrily and a meeting was held today (Tuesday) to discuss the matter.
This afternoon the force issued a statement advising officers that the wearing of a discreet charitable Thin Blue Line badge is acceptable and conforms with the uniform policy.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, who heads Sussex Police’s uniforms committee, said, “I have met with a number of interested parties across the Force today, including the Sussex Police Federation and Unison, to discuss matters that have arisen as a result of the Thin Blue Line badge.
“We are agreed that while the wearing of a discreet badge or pin is acceptable under our uniform policy, the size of the Thin Blue Line patch (70 x 38mm) is not. The emblem itself is appropriate when taken as representative of the charitable organisation, Care Of Police Survivors, which is an organisation we support.
“The policy exists to ensure that there is a standard professional appearance for our uniformed officers and we feel that the size of this particular version of the badge would detract from that standard.”
The badge, depicting a thin blue line on the union flag, is sold to raise money for the families of police officers who died in the line of duty.