Thin Blue Line Patch (1020A/23)
Are officers in uniform permitted to wear the Thin Blue Line patch as part of uniform.
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We hold no specific recorded information regarding the wearing of the Thin Blue Line patch as part of uniform. However, our current Uniform, Equipment and Appearance policy (V1.5) contains the following information under the section ‘OTHER BADGES’:
- Enamel Badges (i.e. long service) must be worn only as a single tie pin.
- Any other non-uniform adornments (including but not limited to commemorative badges, stickers, pins) must be discreet and in line with WMP vision & values.
- Any adornments worn on lanyards must also be discreet and in line with WMP vision & values.