Dress and behaviour code bans colourful nails and personal mobile phone use at Norfolk Police

Police have been banned from putting their hands in their pockets or using personal mobile phones in public as part of a new clampdown.

A dress and behaviour guide issued by Norfolk Police also requests police wear long-sleeved shirts to cover up ‘inappropriate’ tattoos, and forbids policewomen from painting their nails in “extreme colours”.

Senior staff have been instructed to tackle “negative trends” such as “frequent sickness, poor discipline, low workload, sloppy paperwork and laziness”.

Norfolk’s deputy chief constable Ian Learmonth said: “Creating a truly modern organisation is at the heart of our new Norfolk policing model. Making a positive impression on the people we have contact with is an important element of today’s policing.

“The constabulary has launched a guide to appearance and behaviours that form part of our drive to improve our services to the public,” he said.

“The guide sets out the expected standards of appearance and behaviour that every member of Norfolk Constabulary should aspire to as a minimum.”

The force insists the clampdown has nothing to do with several court appearances by Norfolk policemen in the past few months.

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