Indian policemen to lose decades-old khakis, get new 'smart uniforms'
Policemen across India are set to shed their British-era khaki uniforms. After five years of research, the National Institute of Design has come up with nine new prototypes. All nine are being shared with state police and paramilitary forces; they can choose one. Based on feedback, the new all-weather 'smart uniform' will be standardized across states, UTs and central paramilitary forces.
What was wrong with the old one?
There was lack of uniformity from state to state and even cop to cop. The shirts' fabric was too thick. The woolen berets/caps caused hairfall and headaches while the helmet was too heavy during action. There weren't compartments to carry stuff, the metal belts poked when cops bent, the leather shoes were uncomfortable. The khaki color wasn't exclusive or highly visible in the dark.
How's the new one like?
The NID, in collaboration with the Bureau of Police Research and Development, took into account varied climate, nature of duties and other conditions. The shirts are now of a softer khaki shade while the trousers are 'earthy brown'. 'Police' is inscribed on the back in two languages. Researchers kept in mind the uniform had to be visually-appealing, have comfortable fabric, and maintain police authority.