HC Deb 11 November 1985 vol 86 c29W
Sir Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if it is his policy that the wearing of diced cap bands must be restricted to the police force only.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Under section 52 of the Police Act 1964 there are circumstances in which it is an offence for a person to impersonate a police officer or to wear, or possess, any article of police uniform. Police representative bodies have expressed the view that the wearing of diced cap bands by other uniformed organisations can confuse members of the public and their view is being drawn to the attention of other emergency services.