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Date Responded 05 July 2023

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Are officers in uniform permitted to wear the Thin Blue Line patch as part of uniform.

If you could reply with a simple yes or no and the section of the policy that confirms the answer given.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Organisational Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

We do not hold such a specific policy.  However outside of the Act, we are able to disclose located information to you as follows, which is part of an umbrella document on dress and appearance, which may be useful to you, and which states :

“Insignia/epaulettes of rank or post must be worn and be visible at all times.  You may wear charity badges/ patches with permission. They must not be too large and must not be in place of or obscure official police insignia.”

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