Saturday, 16 February 2008

Police Uniforms and Equipment – where’s the Cornish!

If Cornwall had its own police force then it could decide on its own distinct Cornish uniform and badge, along with a whole host of other ‘Cornish’ features, like using the Cornish language for example.

One thing that immediately comes to mind is why the word ‘police’ isn’t written bilingually on police uniforms and equipment. After all, the Cornish language has been ‘officially’ recognised by the Westminster Government. Cornish could be incorporated into the current police uniform and equipment without much of a problem. This would also make the Devon and Cornwall police seem to be less of a colonial force in Cornwall.

In 2002, when the Cornish language was recognised under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Nick Raynsford, the then Local Government and Regions Minister, said that the Government were now committed to protecting and promoting Cornish and recognised and respected it. There is no reason why the Home Office, to whom Devon and Cornwall police are directly accountable to, could not suggest that police uniforms and equipment, as used by the police in Cornwall, should not incorporate the Cornish language.

While surfing the internet I came across the above image that someone had edited. I wrote to ask them if I could publish the image, but he told me that he couldn’t give me that permission, because the image was not theirs – he had only edited it. He expressed a wish to take a similar photo and edit it in the same way, so that he could give permission for it to be published.

Nevertheless I have uploaded the photo here, because it will give readers a glimpse of the way the police in Cornwall would look if the language used on their uniforms was written bilingually.

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