Police officers have been banned from wearing mirrored sunglasses because of fears they intimidate the public. The shades may have added designer cool to officers in television series such as Miami Vice and CSI but Essex police have been told they are not appropriate.
Police drivers in Essex are still permitted to wear non-mirrored sunglasses but unless medically prescribed they must be removed when talking to members of the public.
Officers have also been told to dress smartly and maintain high standards of personal hygiene. And they have been warned to think about what hairstyle they are sporting under their helmets.
The rulebook states officers “should be mindful that certain hairstyles may generate adverse comments from the public”.
And what if you’re fracking bald?