Police News: Unison lodged a formal complaint with the Home Office today over the issue of new helmets that all officers will be required to wear during the Olympics.
“It makes a mockery of the job,” says Unison member PC James Hardcastle. “We have a tough enough time as it is, and frankly having to tackle crime while wearing a novelty helmet won’t make life any easier.”
But Lord Coe has defended the move, pointing to the period of consultation the London 2012 committee has conducted with senior police officers.
“This reaction has honestly taken us all by surprise,” he told Radio 4’s Today programme. “All the officers I’ve talked to are keen to join in with the fun and games.”
“Personally I think this is a massive risk, both for the games and for the image of the police service,” said Stratford community leader Bill Hudson.
“It seems like a bit of fun now, but as soon as our TV screens are showing footage of 7-foot high Wenlocks and Mandevilles on horseback trampling kids while everything’s on fire, they might regret it.”
Story: Jasper Gibson