Retirement after serving 47 years with the met police
- but how has his look changed over the years ?
He started out in the era of Dixon of Dock Green and Z Cars. Now, 47 years later, PC Robert Brown is hanging up his helmet in the times of Luther and The Fall.
PC Robert Brown was met by an honour guard of around 100 officers and colleagues, proud family and appreciative community members as he clocked in for his final day of work at Croydon police station. The life of a policeman has changed a lot since the 64-year-old joined as a cadet in 1968 – not least the standard copper clobber. We took a look at how PC Brown’s uniform has changed over his half-century career.
The officer pictured here from 1969 is Piara Singh Kenth, the Met’s first Sikh regular officer – diversity is another thing that’s changed in 50 years (Chris Radbourn/PA)
1. Head gear 1969 – Light cork helmet, not strengthened. Felt cover. 2015 – Reinforced fibreglass helmet. Still has a felt cover.
2. Torso 1969 – Black woollen tunic. 2015 – High-vis vest. Jumper or fleece. Body armour. 3. Spray 1969 – NO CS spray 2015 – CS spray 4. Truncheon 1969 – Light wooden truncheon (concealed) 2015 – Expandable baton (Guy Corbishley/Demotix)
5. Armband 1969 – Armband on sleeve showed an on-duty officer 2015 – NO armband
6. Handcuffs 1969 – NO handcuffs 2015 – Handcuffs
7. Trousers 1969 – Smart black woollen trousers 2015 – Baggy trousers
8. Footwear 1969 – Shoes or boots 2015 – Heavy-duty boots
9. Back-up 1969 – Whistle. No armed back-up. 2015 – Radio that links with every police officer in the force. Officers can call in armed assistance.