Fashionable new weapon against crime vetted

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 1994, 12:00am

POLICE chiefs are debating whether to try out what could prove to be a fashionable weapon against crime - new uniforms for women officers.

At present they are keeping mum about one or two designs they have up their sleeves, but they say trials may be introduced in the next few months.

Women officers have long complained about the ease with which the fabrics in use get creased.

They also favour wearing trousers rather than skirts because they afford more modesty in the heat of a chase.

Woman officers interviewed by the South China Sunday Morning Post last November said that they wanted the new uniform to suit their job rather than follow haute couture trends.

One constable said when she was wearing a skirt she caught fewer thieves because she had to worry about deportment.

None of the women contacted liked the summer uniform of beige Irish linen because it creased easily and was uncomfortable.

Senior staff officer (support), Senior Superintendent Steve Chandler, said the force would decide in the next few months whether to start the trials using one or two designs.

A handful of police districts, from the New Territories and the urban area, would be selected for the experiment.

Mr Chandler said more than 10 design submissions had been received from within the force as well as from members of the Junior Police Call, a community youth club formed by police, and students of Hong Kong Polytechnic's Swire School of Design.

He said serving officers were invited to give their views and designs to the force for consideration.

Police switch to their summer uniform from today.