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Old 24th Nov 2019, 13:28
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Hairstyle abuse

BBC News - Whaley Bridge police chief 'left Twitter over hairstyle abuse'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-50501203

I can't help but wonder what the ratio of sexist/ homophobic comments to "you look ridiculous" comments was?

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Old 24th Nov 2019, 14:24
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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-50501203

Anonymous online abuse seems to be common. I guess if people can hide behind an online handle then they feel more powerful, especially when they don't have to face the consequences.

Not sure, I don't 'do' Facebook, Twitter etc...
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Old 24th Nov 2019, 22:08
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I wonder if DCC Swan has also changed her hairstyle in addition to stopping her use of social media? Her hair didn't meet Derbyshire uniform standards and wouldn't be allowed for any other female uniformed officer in her force.
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Old 24th Nov 2019, 22:33
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It’s a free world and it’s their choice, but if you choose to sport an alternative look, it’s going to invite comments. If you’re confident enough to wear a wacky hairstyle, tattoo your face, have metalwork hanging out of every orifice, you’re obviously not bothered about the attention you attract. This woman needs to stop being so sensitive, she’s in a senior position and presumably got there based on her abilities, not on her sexuality or gender?

Of course people are going to comment, but so what? Recently, on a train journey, a woman sat opposite me with fluorescent pink hair. I happened to glance up and she aggressively said, ‘Wot you looking at?!” Does she seriously think that she is going to blend into the crowd looking like that? I’m assuming she chose such an alternative colour was because she wanted to be noticed and challenge the norm.

On a more traditional note however, I think we all still expect our professionals to look the part - and that includes the police. Personal presentation inspires confidence. If you look the part, it reassures everyone that you’re taking your responsibilities seriously and treating your customers with respect too.
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Old 24th Nov 2019, 23:16
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Standards of appearance have generally declined in the police over the last few decades,;
Bizarre hairdos, tattoos, scruffy uniforms and a myriad of pins, badges and other tell tales showing allegiance to some cause or other.
Many don't seem to understand the meaning of 'uniform'.
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Old 25th Nov 2019, 07:25
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
It’s a free world and it’s their choice, but if you choose to sport an alternative look, it’s going to invite comments. If you’re confident enough to wear a wacky hairstyle, tattoo your face, have metalwork hanging out of every orifice, you’re obviously not bothered about the attention you attract. This woman needs to stop being so sensitive, she’s in a senior position and presumably got there based on her abilities, not on her sexuality or gender?

Of course people are going to comment, but so what? Recently, on a train journey, a woman sat opposite me with fluorescent pink hair. I happened to glance up and she aggressively said, ‘Wot you looking at?!” Does she seriously think that she is going to blend into the crowd looking like that? I’m assuming she chose such an alternative colour was because she wanted to be noticed and challenge the norm.

On a more traditional note however, I think we all still expect our professionals to look the part - and that includes the police. Personal presentation inspires confidence. If you look the part, it reassures everyone that you’re taking your responsibilities seriously and treating your customers with respect too.
Frist, it probably wasn't a wise move on her part to comment publicly as to how she had been affected by on line abuse.

Second, despite the views of some on JB, the police are as just as much a part of society as any and everybody else. Cast your minds back to the hair styles of the 70's / 80's and the numerous photographs available of contemporary fashion at the time.....and police officers appearances

Times change, fashions change and thus we have today's many, and varied, styles. You can argue, with some justification, that a senior officer should present a more conformist appearance but equally, surely there's a need to convey to the public they are not bland, boring and robotic individuals .

But I would draw your attention to the underline please. Looking the part, talking the part is fine...it's also a very much tried and tested means of conning people and disguising the failings of an individual and certainly for those in positions of authority.

We've all met them over the years and indeed I know one, unfortunately, currently. He was actually on television very recently doing precisely that.....he dresses and sounds the part and has some knowledge......he's also inherently as much a danger to himself as he is to others.......and a pretentious little tosser.

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Old 25th Nov 2019, 07:37
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Her hairdresser should be arrested - Christ that is some dreadful hair-don't...

Sorry but for her high position in the Force her hairstyle and presentation is not acceptable IMHO

We have all worked for the aviation world and wearing our uniform correctly, hair make-up, etc and dress standards were implicitly part of the deal... - But that's all changed init...Not for me sorry...
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Old 25th Nov 2019, 08:07
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Just because her hair isn't what was fashionable 20 or 30 years ago doesn't mean that it may not be now. Easy to be critical, and form judgements based on appearance that aren't correct. I remember clearly my first ever overseas trials detachment to Akrotiri, in 1974, and the first night in the bar in the mess with my boss and our host from 280 SU. Our hosts first comment to me was "Personally, I think all you blokes with long hair are really women". Got the evening, and the detachment, off to a good start...
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When this first came up in the summer a lot of people who had worked with her were quick to praise her ability to do the job.

With apologies to Nutloose for pinching the link in the politics thread, no doubt these clowns were coiffured impeccably:

Is bollocks a rude word?
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Old 25th Nov 2019, 17:17
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What did she allege, sexism, homophobia? Nonsense, it is a crime against hair dressers and a straight male DCC would get the same condemnation. We had a PCSO with a cockscomb hair do, impossible to wear a cap. We all thought 'just a PCSO '
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Old 25th Nov 2019, 19:05
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If her hairstyle was considered acceptable, then she wouldn’t have received any comments...
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Apart from appearing to have been close to a fairly large amount of static electricity, Its not that bad. Especially in comparison to some of the hairstyles one sees around at the moment.
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Old 26th Nov 2019, 09:05
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Police uniform standards relating to hair:

4.4 Appearance
4.4.1 Hair. It should be clean, neat and tidy. It should be worn so that it is cut or secured above the collar and ears and presents a professional image. Hair motifs, colour, patterns and extreme styles are not appropriate and should not prevent the wearing of headgear.
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Old 26th Nov 2019, 09:08
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Originally Posted by skydiver69 View Post
Police uniform standards relating to hair:

4.4 Appearance
4.4.1 Hair. It should be clean, neat and tidy. It should be worn so that it is cut or secured above the collar and ears and presents a professional image. Hair motifs, colour, patterns and extreme styles are not appropriate and should not prevent the wearing of headgear.
Ten points there, she scores 4.
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 12:02
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You know I'm all for alternative hairstyles and clothes. Younger people often like to stand out. Be different. But after a certain age you simply begin to look ridiculous. Then you become a senior police officer and it becomes inappropriate and ridiculous.

A bit of growing up is needed. No excuse for the sexist and homophobic abuse but really but that hairstyle is fair game.
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Old 1st Dec 2019, 10:56
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Part of the problem is that these days people love to call 'abuse' at any excuse. Unfortunately, some people, from all walks of life, think that they can get away with anything and if they get pulled up on it, then they cry wolf.

The hairstyle of DCC Swan is inappropriate according to uniform regulations, as pointed out. A bigger question is why has her boss let her get away with it? Is her boss too scared they will be accused of being a bully or homophobic if they challenge the hairstyle? That does seem to be the norm nowadays...
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Old 1st Dec 2019, 13:48
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Maybe she never deliberately chose the style and that was her hair's reaction to seeing a big dam about to burst onto a town.
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