National Police Week Video 4 – Police Uniforms

National Police Week Video 4 – Police Uniforms


[National Police Week 2016] [In celebration of National Police Week, children took the opportunity to ask BC RCMP police officers some questions.] [Kids want to know about our police uniforms. Sergeant Major Dave Hall answered some of those questions.]>>Jodhvir: My name is Jodhvir, I’m 6 years
old. Why do police wear uniforms?>>S/M Dave Hall: Hi my name is Dave Hall
and I am the Sergeant Major for the RCMP here in BC. The main reason we wear uniforms is
because we want the public and people to be able to see us. It is very important that
when people are needing help and looking for the police, that we are readily identifiable
to them. So the uniform helps us stand out in a crowd, and if you need help you will
know who to look for.>>Elise: Elise, 5. Do all police officers
wear a uniform?>>S/M Hall: So not all police officers wear
uniforms. The police officers that you see when you are out playing and they are driving
in their police cars, they are all wearing uniforms because again, we want people to
see them and we want people to know that they are the police. And sometimes police officers wear different
types of uniforms. I think you have seen one of our dog handlers and they wear a different
uniform because they are always getting dirty, and rolling around with their dogs, getting
dog hair on their uniform. So they wear a different style of uniform. Sometimes we have police officers that don’t
wear any uniform and that is because we want them to blend in, when they are looking for
bad guys or following bad guys. So the uniform that I am wearing today is
the ceremonial uniform for the RCMP and it is what we wear when we do parades or other
ceremonies. And really it dates back to when the RCMP was first created 143 years ago.
So behind me here are some examples of the uniforms we wore when we were first founded,
and the reason we chose to wear a red jacket is because it resembled the British Army and
as the RCMP moved across the prairies, we wanted the people to see a representation
of the queen. So the RCMP are very lucky, because we have
the fanciest uniforms of all the police officers in Canada. So going back to our earliest history
the RCMP officers rode horses, so when you look at the uniform I wear today, what we
refer to as review order, it is all based on that history of riding horses. If you look at my boots, we have riding boots
and we wear spurs and that is because in our history we used to ride horses. The pants
we wear are puffy here, and that is because when you were sitting on a horse, and you
would have to site quite wide on the top of the horse, it was for comfort. The hat we wear is called a Stetson and it
has a very wide brim and that is because when we were riding the horses we needed to keep
the sun out of our eyes and shade our heads because it was hot riding the horses. This belt that we wear is called a Sam Browne belt
and what it does is it helps to carry the equipment that we needed to carry on this
belt. So today I am wearing a sword and you can see the sword hooks onto my belt and this
strap helps to hold the weight of the sword, and that’s why we wear a belt that looks
like this. [5 year old Sadie asked… How much do your boots weigh?] [These ceremonial boots weigh…] [….almost 8 pounds.]

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