In the 1970s uniform police officers routinely wore tunics and male officers wore helmets, or flat caps if they were driving. Woe betide any officer found walking around the streets without a hat on! Whistles were worn on a chain looped into the top pocket of the tunic and a truncheon rested in a hidden pocket in the right leg of the trousers. CID officers wore suits (slightly flared trousers) and ‘sideboards’ were a common sight. How things have changed as police forces have tried to adapt to new challenges.