The classic British police helmet, retired from most services within the UK now, could be about to make a comeback in England, where Thames Valley police is said to be considering returning them to service so its officers stand out better when mingling with crowds of you anti capitalists.
And, reading between the lines, it seems to be all down to political correctness and the way the police force now has to let short people be policemen nowadays too. Anthony Stansfeld commissioner Anthony Stansfeld told The Times that: "It's a daytime thing, people don't see the police very often I think. The officers are no longer all six foot, we have brains as well as brawn these days. I think it would be a good move but that is a personal view and we will do a consultation on it."
So tall helmets would help people see small policemen and be scared or feel safe, depending on the scenario playing out. Makes sense. The deputy leader of Reading council has said he'd be onboard with the idea too.
The classic "custodian" helmet is still in use in some places, with the tourists of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man still getting to see one when it all kicks off in the queue for the ice cream van. [Telegraph]