Here is my level II kit, washed and ready for action again.
Look closer... is that an issued t-shirt?
It is Ruralshire issued kit, which, lets face it, is more comfy and practical than the kit from my force, and at least turns up within the decade I order it.
Thanks to the Guvnor for authorising the uniform request.
Mutual aid is a wonderful thing, not least because coppers get to moan to a new audience, play tricks on new victims, and show off their kit/get depressed about other forces kit.
Sometimes it makes you proud.
Driving along the A-road, watching carriers come the other way.
From many forces, travelling from far and wide.
A couple of kent carriers, glorious in their battenburg markings, officers with ties on, speeding past at a decent speed.
Ditto the South Yorkshire van.
Ditto the two carriers from Wales.
Ditto the van from Thames Valley Police.
Then the met... two dirty, twelve year old carriers - one with a van load of coppers asleep in the back, the second with no ties and window lickers.
Ten minutes later, another Met carrier. This one leaning to one side at an alarming angle, as though it was tacking against the wind, making a rattling sound that carried over the busy road and through the car's soundproofing.
God Bless the Met.