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Uniforms to show officers' names

Cambridgeshire police are to attach the names of officers to their uniforms in an effort to improve public relations.

The names will be embroidered onto shoulder epaulettes next to their rank insignia.

Chief Constable Julie Spence said members of the public should know the names of officers.

"I think it can only help if people know the names of police officers they are dealing with - why shouldn't people know who we are?" she said.

Ms Spence added: "A few officers were concerned about people knowing their names but I can't see any major problems.

"But if serious criminals want to find officers' names they can anyway and we can take measures to make sure officers are safe."

Officers had been wearing name tags which fixed to their breast pockets - but the badges fall off easily.

Plain clothes officers will continue to wear the tags.

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