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Police introduce casual alternative to ‘cumbersome’ uniform

Police around the country are bringing a casual look to their wardrobe, with their uniform introducing caps for when the warmer months roll around again later this year.

In a statement today, NZ Police said the new baseball-style caps are an alternative to the traditional forage cap, which have been police’s primary item of headgear since hard helmets were put aside in 1995.

The new caps will be rolled out later in the year to be worn by frontline staff, who had called for the change, to wear with operational uniform.

“Staff feedback has indicated that forage caps can be cumbersome and prone to falling or being knocked off in dynamic situations and they have to be taken off when getting in a car,” Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny said.