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ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS
OF ENGLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND
UNIFORMED OPERATIONS BUSINESS AREA
PAPER FOR CABINET
5 November 2008
POLICE UNIFORM WORKING GROUP – A UNIVERSAL IDENTITY FOR THE POLICE
1.1 The purpose of this paper is to make recommendations to Cabinet in relation to
the terms of reference for the Police Uniform Working Group (PUWG) under the
Operational Issues Portfolio of the Uniformed Operations Business Area.
2.1 At its meeting in January 2008, Cabinet decided that there was a need for a
single ACPO project to coordinate the issues surrounding police uniform clothing.
Expressions of interest for a project lead were sought and Mr Vince Hislop,
Director of Corporate Services (“ACO”) of Bedfordshire Police was appointed to
the position at the end of July.
2.2 It is suggested that the role of the PUWG should be: through consultation with all
Home Office and other forces, to achieve consensus on a universal and clear
identity – and national orders of dress – for the Police Service. (Note the
distinction here between orders of dress and scales of equipment (or kit lists),
which are different things altogether.) It is also suggested that the Olympic
Games 2012 would be the natural milestone by which this should occur, given
that event will see the involvement and participation of forces from throughout
the United Kingdom.
3. Approach/Draft Terms of Reference
3.1 Governance, Chairmanship and Membership
The intended approach is to establish the PUWG as the core group chaired by the
project lead, but for it to be informed by several consultation groups (exact
number to be determined by the PUWG), probably representing regional and
size-of-force interests, as well as any likely special cases – for example, the
Police Service of Northern Ireland – for which the challenges of obtaining consent
on clothing which is the same as England and Wales may be particularly
demanding. The consultation groups in some cases may well comprise existing
bodies, for example, the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) sub-
group for women’s uniform, the National Uniform Sub-Committee, etc.
3.1.2 Likely members of the core group may include senior chief officer figures who are
keen, or at least prepared, to champion the PUWG’s objective, an NPIA
representative, regional representatives, Finance (including Procurement
Portfolio) Business Area representatives and ACPO Chief of Staff. The
consultation groups may then include representatives from: the staff associations
and Unison; staff support groups, such as the BAWP and ACPO Women’s Group;
the Special Constabulary; the Association of Police Authorities; and chairs of
forces’ uniform committees (or equivalent).
3.2.1 The principal objective of the PUWG will be to – for the various policing roles,
e.g., patrol, armed response, PCSO, etc – agree and then set out the required
number of prescribed Orders of Dress and Authorised Ensembles, i.e., precisely
what comprises the various orders of dress and what is authorised to be worn as
part of those orders of dress (including individual force distinctions, e.g., cap
badges, collar badges, etc) respectively.
3.2.2 Other objectives and benefits/improvements expected, etc may include:
i. To provide a national uniform standard for the Police Service to:
Enhance the professional image of policing
Increase public confidence
Maximise policing presence and visibility
Enable the public to easily identify police officers and PCSOs.
ii. To deliver a new national police uniform that:
Maximises comfort, durability and flexibility
Is fully supported by officers, staff associations/support groups and the
Is supplied by cost effective sustainable suppliers.
iii. To ensure there is a defined national approach to the wearing of
approved uniform and equipment to:
Maintain standards of health and safety
Enable officers and staff to carryout duties effectively and safely
Promote a smart and professional look
Help attract and retain the best talent.
iv. To support a range of variations in the uniform standard based on
consideration of the different strands of diversity to:
Create an inclusive and productive environment
Enable the service to become fully representative of the communities
v. To govern and direct uniform related strategies, projects and plans by:
Stimulating creativity and new ideas, providing access to the widest
range of views and experiences
Seeking out examples of good practice and lessons learnt from successful
Controlling and managing the delivery of outputs.
vi. To communicate and market police uniform related matters:
Ensuring clear understanding by stakeholders through
implementation of an effective communication strategy
Consulting as widely as possible to ensure success.
3.3 Frequency of Meetings
3.3.1 The PUWG will meet quarterly, with the aim of the inaugural meeting taking
place in December 2008 or January 2009.
3.4 Records of Meetings
3.4.1 Agenda for, and minutes of, meetings will be distributed to the groups' members
and others who request them.
4. Human Rights Audit
4.1 Human Rights issues have been considered in the formulation of this paper and
the proposal found to be HR compliant.
5. Decision[s] Required
5.1 Members are invited to approve in principle these draft terms of reference in
order that the first meeting of the PUWG can be convened and its business taken
forward as soon as possible.
Head of Uniformed Operations Business Area