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PSNI trials new uniform design

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the uniform combined practicality with comfort.

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A new uniform is being trialled by police in Northern Ireland (PA)

A new uniform is being trialled by police in Northern Ireland (PA)

A new uniform is being trialled by police in Northern Ireland (PA)

The PSNI has unveiled a proposed new uniform for its officers.

The uniform is being trialled by 150 officers for a three-month period.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the new look combined practicality and comfort.

The trial comes almost 20 years after the current uniform was first introduced when the PSNI was formed in 2001.

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PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the uniform had been developed using feedback from frontline officers (Liam McBurney/PA)

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the uniform had been developed using feedback from frontline officers (Liam McBurney/PA)

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PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the uniform had been developed using feedback from frontline officers (Liam McBurney/PA)

“From today, you may see officers in some areas wearing a different style of uniform,” said Mr Byrne.

“150 officers from a range of operational positions and locations are taking part in a three-month trial.

“The current uniform has been in existence since the formation of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and, as a consequence, it is right that we should look at how effective it is almost 20 years on.

“It is important that we equip our frontline officers with professional, modern workwear, which is fit for purpose, that’s why we are reviewing how our uniform remains practical and comfortable, in support of our officers as they perform their duties.

“In developing the new uniform options we have listened to feedback from frontline officers and the Police Federation.

“Our officers work at the heart of communities, and therefore it is also fitting that we listen to what communities think during the pilot phase.

“As part of the pilot, we will be engaging with a number of key internal and external stakeholders.”

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