The Metropolitan Police Authority is not meeting today. It was going to – primarily to discuss the budget for next year. However, as some of the figures for Government grants are still not clear, it was decided to change the meeting into a private briefing session to discuss the emerging picture.
I have a strict rule never to report on this blog the contents of private meetings I attend.
So unfortunately I cannot describe the first half hour of the meeting. This was devoted to ‘an update on proposed changes to police uniforms’ – a subject particularly dear to the heart of Caroline Pidgeon AM (who asked the Commissioner about the subject at the last – public – meeting of the Authority). A pity because it was a truly surreal 30 minutes with two miserable-looking constables modelling the various items and members of the Authority taking a keen issue on such topics as tightness of fit and the price of shirts.

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