04/30/2007

The Fashion Police: British bobbies tired of foot high helmets toppling off

London plans haute cop-ture

By Kim Profant; Tribune news services and staff reports
Chicago Tribune


British police officer, 2006. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
LONDON  — Scotland Yard has called the fashion police.

The bobby's uniform of the British police force may be iconic, but many officers are tired of their foot-high helmets toppling off when they chase suspects.

The force has recruited students from the London College of Fashion, whose alumni include shoemaker-for-the-stars Jimmy Choo, to help redesign the uniform for the 21st Century, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Roberts said Sunday.

As part of the project, students will reassess the bell-shaped helmets, which are made of cork.

"We will be working with the London College of Fashion to see how we can retain the traditions of the Met while ensuring our uniform is fit for 21st Century policing," Roberts said.

Members of the public, police officers and the Metropolitan Police Authority will be asked for their opinions on the new design, and a group of 50 male and female officers will test it, police said.

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