Why don't female police officers wear custodian hats?

7 January 2020, 13:57

Our caller drew attention to the gender differences in police uniform.
Our caller drew attention to the gender differences in police uniform. Picture: PA

Have you ever noticed that only male police officers wear the traditional, conical hats? A call from a Metropolitan Police officer explains why.

Mystery Hour Question

I have only ever seen male police officers wearing the tall, conical police offers... why don't female officers wear them?

Duncan, Richmond.

Answer

Name: Charlie, Sutton.

Qualification: Serving officer in the Metropolitan Police.

Answer: Male police officers have two hats, with the tall conical one a traditional part of their uniform. The hat dates back to before women were in the police service and female officers only have the flat hat. Charlie explained that the tall hats are worn by men for foot patrol, policing touristy areas, traditional events and public engagements. Men still have the flat hat which women wear, because the tall hats do not fit into a police car and are less practical for going on calls.

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