Police go back to covering up their identifying shoulder numbers: PHOTOS

This post was written by Reuben Bard-Rosenberg on November 30, 2010
Posted Under: Police,Uncategorized

Notice anything odd about this police officer? He caught my attention because he had covered up his identifying numbers with what appeared to be black tape. As you can clearly see they are not visible. When I asked him why I was repeatedly met with a stony silence.

After Ian Tomlinson was attacked by a riot officer pulling a similar trick, this practice became a big source of controversy. Paul Stephenson promised to come down hard on officers who obscured their ID badges. Kit Malthouse, the deputy mayor in charge of policing reassured us that “the public have the right to be able to identify any uniformed police officer and so badges should be worn at all times”.

This is absolutely how it should be. If the police are going to be handed batons and riot shields, and offered the unique privelege of being able to shove and hit other people in the street, then there should at the very least be a means of holding them accountable. That a police officer should behave like this, and feel confident doing so in front of so many fellow officers, indicates clearly their attitudes towards civil rights.

So I ask commissioner Stephenson, what are you going to do about this?

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Reader Comments



Check out tonights channel 4 news. End of the leading article (on the student protests) you can see an entire squad in riot gear, wearing masks, with numbers covered. They walk right past the camera.

Written By Charlie on November 30th, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
Written By J on November 30th, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

Saw something similar on the 24th but alas my photography skills were not good enough to capture it clearly

Written By EddM on December 1st, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

We can report him if we have his numb…..oh.

Written By Daniel Lee on December 1st, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

whilst i cant condone the ob covering up numbers i think the actions of a few self-obsesses and self important ‘anarchists/communists/wankers’ is the far bigger story here. attacking police, property and bystanders without any aim tarnished a serious march by trade union members. no comment on the rioters audacity to cover their faces either, should have some bottle and show themselves.

Written By jack on March 27th, 2011 @ 9:40 am

@jack are you an idiot? Obviously rioters don’t give a shit about the law. That is why the police is there in the first place. You can’t be seriously implying that if the law breakers do it, the law enforcers might as well do it, too. Police breaking the law is a much bigger issue than some asshat with no special privileges like, oh i dunno, the monopoly on “legitimate use of force”?

Written By Ben on May 5th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

Could you give a hint (to us foreigners) where this identifying number should be, normally? On the two blurry photos I cannot detect anything, no even a tape. Where must I look?

Written By Jeeves on May 5th, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

Jeeves (#7):
On the shoulder straps.
For more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collar_number

Written By Bernd on May 5th, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

This post will bring some sense in commissioner mind. Well point mentioned buddy. I appreciate your hard work. Keep it up!!

Written By Brad Hodge on August 29th, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

This type of behavior doesn’t surprise me. However, it will most likely continue to happen until someone makes a real stink about it.

Written By Dean on February 28th, 2012 @ 12:53 am

This is visually similar to my own shower enclosure I got a hold of
only recently, incredibly happy with it for those found
on the fence when it comes to getting one, do it now, you wont
regret it

Written By steam shower by size on February 23rd, 2014 @ 11:37 am

Yeh this is quite shocking. Its always difficult reading about corruption within our law system Tucson AZ DUI Attorney

Written By Joe on October 20th, 2014 @ 1:21 am


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