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Picture-conscious Italian cops reject pink face masks


‘ECCENTRIC’ CHOICE Members of the Polizia di Stato police drive, one carrying a coloured face masks, patrol downtown Rome on this Jan. 14 photograph. A union of Italian cops is in opposition to the usage of pink face masks for legislation enforcers, saying that shade selection might injury “the establishment’s picture.” —AFP

ROME — An Italian police union has objected to officers being given pink coronavirus masks, warning they don’t go together with their uniforms and “danger damaging the establishment’s picture.”

In a letter to the nationwide chief of police, printed on-line Thursday, the pinnacle of the SAP union urged motion in opposition to what he known as the “perplexing” selection of shade of the FFP2 masks.

Stefano Paoloni mentioned police managers should “protect the decorum of their officers, making certain they don’t seem to be ordered to hold out institutional actions with protecting units (masks) in a shade that’s eccentric to the uniform and dangers damaging the picture of the establishment.”

‘Nothing undignified’

He advised different colours, comparable to white, blue or black could be appropriate, to go together with a uniform that’s largely blue.In an accompanying word cited by the Italian media, the union mentioned it had no specific challenge with pink, however mentioned officers’ uniforms have been regulated.

On Twitter, Deputy Infrastructures Minister Teresa Bellanova mentioned there was “nothing undignified about carrying a coloured masks.”

“Respect for uniforms doesn’t come from the colours, however from the comportment and means of working of the women and men who put on them.”

The SAP—which has about 20,000 members, or round one in 5 Italian cops—mentioned the pink masks had been distributed to various models within the north of Italy and in Sicily.

Masks are required to be worn in all public locations in Italy, together with exterior, to stem the unfold of coronavirus, with the higher-grade FFP2 masks mandated on public transport.

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