Police can wear a charity badge – as long as it is discreet

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SUSSEX Police has told officers they can wear a charity badge on their uniforms – as long as it is discreet.

An officer was ordered to remove the Thin Blue Line badge in support of Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

Assistant chief constable Steve Barry said that, while a small badge or pin is acceptable, the badge the officer wore, at 7cm by 4cm, was too big.

He added: ‘We feel that the size of this particular version of the badge would detract from that standard.’