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Last Updated: Friday, 25 January 2008, 15:28 GMT
Students show Met uniform designs
Police officers with fashion student
The public will have a say on the new uniforms. Photo by Annabel Staff.
Metropolitan Police officers have met fashion students to see their designs for a new uniform.

The students from the London College of Fashion presented their initial ideas to the force.

Technical specialists from Uniform Services at the Met provided advice about the types of fabric suitable for use in the uniform.

The project began last year and the final designs are expected to be presented in September 2008.

The public will also be asked for its view on the designs.

'Big challenge'

Last year some preliminary designs were tried by 50 officers from the dog support unit and specialist firearms unit, but not while they were on duty.

The feedback from those officers was used by the students who presented their ideas on Thursday.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Roberts, who is leading the Uniform Review, said: "We have over 30,000 officers, and 2,000 different stock lines at any one time, so this is a big challenge for the students to get their teeth into.

"Kitting out our officers for a variety of situations, from those 'on the beat,' to those involved in firearms, certainly gives some idea of the demands that are put on our uniforms on a day-to-day basis.

"Our uniforms also have a key part to play in giving a professional image to the public."

Gerald Farraday, who is currently running the course, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Metropolitan Police on this prestigious project.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work to a strict brief, as they would in the commercial world, and have a chance to make a real impact on the future design of one of the UK's most iconic uniforms."


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