Police officers buying own trousers due to ‘poor quality’ uniform

Police officers have had to buy their own trousers due to the “poor quality” of police uniforms, Scotland’s top cop has been told.

Concerns were raised at the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) conference and Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said action is being taken.

SPF officer holder David Threadgold told the conference at Turnberry, Ayrshire: “There are officers that are turning up at Tulliallan (Police College) wearing trousers that they have bought themselves because the uniform  provided is of such poor quality.

“That will extend across the country.”

He asked Mr Livingstone if he was “embarrassed by the state of our police equipment and uniform”.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said higher quality trousers have been commissioned (Police Scotland/PA)

Mr Livingstone replied: “The uniform in terms of the quality of the trousers, the quality of the operational vests, they haven’t been as good they should have been.”

He said he had recently approved a change to issuing “higher quality cargo pants”.

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