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Students to design police uniform
Police graduates in full uniform
The new uniforms are being trialled by 50 officers
The Metropolitan Police has recruited students from the London College of Fashion to help design a new uniform.

A range of new clothing is being trialled by specialist officers, but not while they are on duty in public.

Deputy Asst Commissioner Steve Roberts said: "We want to retain the traditions of the Met while ensuring our uniform is fit for 21st Century policing."

The public will be asked its views of new designs to ensure they are thought fitting for British officers, he added.

Famous graduates of the cutting-edge institution include shoemaker-to-the-stars Jimmy Choo and fashion designer Lindka Cierach.

Extra pocket requirements

Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Officers from the dog support unit and the specialist firearms unit will be testing a range of proposed specialist clothing.

"It will include trousers, polo shirts, long sleeved shirts, fleeces and soft shells.

"A mix of 50 male and female officer volunteers will test the clothing items and provide feedback on their practicality."

She added: "While there is no suggestion that the current uniform impairs operational capacity, issues including jumpers snagging on bushes, dog hair adhering to clothing, and extra pocket requirements are just some of the day-to-day issues that can be addressed."

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