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Women PCs fed up with their uniforms
By Bob Smyth SCOTTISH WOMEN police officers have hit out at problems with their uniforms. Some don’t drink water on duty because of the hassle of going to the toilet in certain gear — and at least one has collapsed due to dehydration. The concerns came to light last week at a meeting in Perth between the British Association for Women in Policing and the Women’s Development Forum, which aims to raise the profile of women within Scots forces. A BAWP survey of uniform problems in England and Wales found women were given see-through shirts, men’s long johns and lower quality clothing that has caused rashes. Scotland is in the process of bringing in new US-style black uniforms across its forces, but the BAWP says there are still problems. National co-ordinator Liz Owsley, a Metropolitan Police inspector, said, “We spoke to representatives from all the Scottish forces apart from Northern Constabulary. “One woman said the new-style black shirts are based on a man’s frame. The sleeves are too long and the bodies are too long for the women to tuck into their trousers. It’s not very flattering. Stab vest “Several male officers have expressed sympathy with the women wearing these shirts. “One senior officer went for a stab vest fitting. A man was doing it, which we feel may be inappropriate. Then she was told her bust was too big and she’d have to make do with a standard one. She demanded she was properly fitted, but it’s possible not all women are.” She added, “When women are given long johns it’s often a one-piece outfit that makes it impossible for them to go to the toilet. The second issue is that if you’re a bit bigger than normal you’re given men’s long johns — and some forces only have men’s. We don’t see why they can’t stock women’s in these sizes. “Women tell us they’re made to feel awkward because they need something different.” There are greater concerns about riot gear. “The ones who wear helmets and carry shields also wear black overalls that are flame retardant. Most forces have one-piece overalls meaning women have to take off their equipment then the entire overall when they want to go to the toilet. “They don’t want the hassle of going to the loo, so they simply don’t drink anything. In various riot scenarios, such as in Bradford, female officers have taken ill. And there was an instance during the G8 Summit when one collapsed through dehydration.” The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland said, “Most of Scotland is currently is the process of switching to a new operational uniform.”