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Police chief Byrne shows off officers' new light weight body armour

The new PSNI body armour. Credit: PSNI
The new PSNI body armour. Credit: PSNI

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has been showing off the force's new lighter weight body armour.

Mr Byrne showcased the armour in a Tweet on Thursday afternoon.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph in July, the Chief Constable said that he was looking to revamp the PSNI's uniform.

A formal review of the current bottle green uniform was launched last year after officers gave feedback about the PSNI's traditional uniform.

The last major alteration to PSNI uniforms was back in 2002 when the transition from the RUC was taking place.

Mr Byrne said that he would ask the public for their feedback on social media and that he wanted to change "the look and feel of the PSNI to modernise it".

"I don't want to be Northern Ireland's answer to Trinny and Susannah but we want some consensus from the staff about what it looks and feels like," he said.

"It's got to be durable and it's got to manage that balance between being professional but being practical, respecting tradition but is fit, not just for 2019, but for the next few years."

The Chief Constable said he wanted the uniform to be more comfortable and functional.

"You will probably see the outer clothing that the officers wear is about the same, some form of cargo trousers, which already some specialist people wear, some more durable underclothing and perhaps a change of headwear - some form of different cap," Mr Byrne said.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne

"It's getting a balance between something that means you still look like the PSNI but equally something that gets you through because there are sheer comfort factors about wearing the wrong stuff for the modern age."

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