THE last person anyone wants to confront on the street is a policewoman having a bad hair day.
And so we fully appreciate that Commissioner Lucius Thomas’s 2006 conference announcement that he was easing up the dress code for policewomen drew loud applause and cheers from the female delegates. As of that conference they were allowed to wear cornrows, rope twist braids and weaves. They could also wear one pair of stud earrings while in uniform, two rings, inclusive of a wedding band, and colorless lip gloss.
Those small, fashionable steps suggested that the force was moving with the times and that it was okay to enhance a policewoman’s appearance in an otherwise severe uniform. They could be feminine and professional at the same time.
The only proviso, the commissioner added, was that he hoped his policewomen would maintain proper grooming and would not take it as a licence for gaudiness.