What is the difference in police officers hats?

Why do police officers have different hats? Surely it is more to do with "car cops" and "on the beat cops"?

Asked By: ian f - 2/10/2009
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The simple answer is that different hats are required for 2 reasons. One is for status - senior officers tend to wear only the flat caps which junior officers wear a variety of different hats. The other reason, which accounts for the variety, is that different hats are required for different jobs... More
Answered By: SimonC - 2/11/2009
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The hard hat, or the 'custodian' is proper old fashioned police uniform and will never disappear. The flat hat was introduced when police cars were first used. Of course they are easier to wear inside a car than a custodian.
Answered By: Anon - 2/10/2009
Because different agencies/departments have different uniform requirements. I have 4 different hats that I can wear in any uniform with the exception of the dress uniform, then I have to wear my campaign hat "smokie the bear"
Answered By: Officer Jeff - 2/10/2009
The tall hats are all numptys and the flat ones are senior numptys.
Answered By: squeek6662001 - 2/10/2009
In the UK the custodian hat is for beat patrols and for officers dealing face to face as its a hard hat for protection if someone hits us to the head... More
Answered By: mafiaboss_nz - 2/11/2009
Varies from force to force, but in general male constables and sergeants on foot patrol wear the custodian hat, or traditional copper's helmet. To a certain extent it provides some head protection, and also enables the officer to stand out above crowds.. Officers from inspector upwards wear the flat hat... More
Answered By: Bardic - 2/11/2009
Most UK forces except Scotland now have helmets except officers engaged on mobile duties such as traffic this is recent due to standardisation before some forces chose to have only flat caps such as Northumbria and the force I served with York and North East Yorks.
Answered By: frankturk50 - 2/11/2009
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