Concerns have been raised over the apparent poor quality of the ‘patrol trousers’ which are issued to police officers as part of their uniform after complaints about the trousers ‘coming apart at the seams’.
One source said: “It’s a massive issue for us.
“The ‘ripstop’ trousers don’t really live up to their name, and they come apart from the seams having only been worn a few times.
Another source added: “My patrol trousers have hardly any elastic around the waist, so they cut me in half.
“Yet they have baggy elastic around the back half so when I sit down, they gape!
“Not to mention that they ride up uncomfortably; I pity my male colleagues who have to wear them”.
In 2016, the Chief Constables’ Council streamed the procurement of police uniforms under the auspices of the National Uniform Managed Service (NUMS).
At the heart of this streamlining process, the Chief Constables’ Council outlined their desire to implement three key principles across various categories of expenditure, including:
- Standardisation of requirement
- Aggregation of volume
- collaboratively managed contracts and suppliers.
However, some police officers have raised concerns that contracts have simply been awarded to the ‘cheapest bidder’ without due regard being given to the quality of the garments.
A senior police source has said that the only way such issues can be managed is for police officers to return the items of clothing and mark them as ‘faulty’.
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