How Policing Has Changed (21)

Today’s small offering from our little book ‘One In For D & D’ is the slang word ‘scruffies’. The term comes from the days when most police officers normally wore shirts, ties, pressed trousers and tunics, whilst police motorcyclists of necessity wore leathers and waterproofs. Highly skilled they generally had great expertise when deployed to escort duties and when ‘hunting in pairs’ there were few criminals on the roads who could outrun them. An integral part of road traffic policing unfortunately we see fewer of them about on the roads these days. The picture was taken at a community event in Walsall and the officer is a former member of the H2 Road Policing Unit, West Midlands Police wearing a tie for the occasion!


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