Friday, August 24, 2007

Police uniform to bear 'Red Dragon'
THE uniform of one of Wales’ four police forces is about to become the first to bear the Red Dragon.

North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom is considering imitating forces abroad by putting the Welsh flag on as a shoulder patch.

His officers controversially wear black T-shirts and combat trousers.

Mr Brunstrom said last night, “In the USA the police often wear the Stars and Stripes or in France the Tricolour.

“But in Switzerland or Germany the flag or coat of arms of the canton or land respectively is worn, rather than that of the nation state. It looks the business.

“At present we have a simple badge with the officer’s number or rank.

“I’m planning to add the Ddraig Goch (Red Dragon), which really does look fantastic.

“But wandering the maes at the National Eisteddfod a week or so ago I came across what to me is a winner, on a boy’s rugby shirt – the Dragon, but with the words ‘Gwlad, Gwlad’ next to it.

“A real statement that ‘Dyma Gymru’ (This is Wales). So, we have a choice to make.”


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