Police officer told to remove charity badge

Care of Police Survivors badge
Care of Police Survivors badge
Daniel Bates, 45, of Beach Gardens, Selsey

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A POLICE officer was asked to remove a Union flag badge from their uniform.

As a result of the decision, Sussex Police is now considering its policy on officers wearing charity badges or patches on uniforms.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The public expect us to look smart and professional.

‘Standards regarding what our officers wear need to be maintained otherwise officers and staff could end up wearing a whole array of badges for different worthy causes and the uniform would no longer be a uniform.’

The unnamed officer is understood to have been wearing the Union flag badge in support of charity 
COPS (Care of Police Survivors).

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said he would be consulting with the Police Federation and Unison on dress policy.