No more bad hair days for cops

2011-12-10 08:00

Policemen in Australia’s second-largest state, which includes the city of Melbourne, were told today that they have a month to get rid of beards, hair dye and designer stubble.

Victoria state chief commissioner Ken Lay told women among the 13 800-strong force that ponytails were out and buns were back.

Sikhs were an exception to the no-beard rule and only neat moustaches would be allowed, Lay said.

Police Association spokesperson Greg Davies, who himself sports a luxuriant moustache, welcomed the changes.

“Police need to gain back some respect that has been lost over the past decade or so, and this is a good step towards achieving that,” he said.

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