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Police to wear names on uniforms

Police officers in Leicestershire are to display their full names on their uniform as part of a project to boost public trust.

All uniformed officers, community support officers and special constables will have the details on their epaulettes by next month.

Insp Ivan Odell said adopting this personal approach would help build trust and confidence.

He said he hoped it would help make officers more approachable.

Insp Odell, from the service improvement unit at Leicestershire Police, said the public had a right to know who was dealing with them.

"People want to be dealt with by a person not a number and adopting this personal approach will help build trust and confidence in the police service.

We've had name badges for some years now and there is no evidence to suggest that officers are any more vulnerable
Insp Ivan Odell

"We know if people are more confident in the police that has a positive effect on people coming forward and being more co-operative with the police and ultimately has a positive impact on the quality of people's lives."

He denied the move would make officers more vulnerable to reprisals from offenders.

"In such a large organisation there will be a minority who feel they are slightly more vulnerable because they are wearing their names on their epaulettes", Insp Odell added.

"Many forces have had their surnames on epaulettes for some time.

"We've had name badges for some years now and there is no evidence to suggest that officers are any more vulnerable."

Cambridgeshire Police announced last year that they would be adding officers' names to uniforms.

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