tger greenhaddock: Eins, Zwei, Polizei

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Eins, Zwei, Polizei

This morning on the train to work I got to see the new German Police uniforms. The Polizei work the same shift times as I do, so my trains to Frankfurt always have a lot of cops travelling on them. The new uniforms are a dark blue which give them a more sinister look compared to the old green uniform, which I thought was quite friendly.

I think the move to change uniforms is wrong, as I think the attitudes of the general public to the Police will slowly change with this new sinister look – and not for the good. But I guess we should be thankful they didn’t go for the black uniform which were used by the SS.

Compared to the picture opposite, the uniforms I saw this morning were a lot darker. All Police Officers in Hessen will have the new uniform by 2008.

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Blogger Sparky said...

Ewwww... I did not know about the new uniforms.

Love the title of your Blog Entry, though. Do you know how yon olde rhyme continues :)?

February 26, 2006 6:40 PM  
Anonymous lydia said...

I think the police looked a bit like park rangers before, now they look like cabin crew for a very cheap airline. I do think they needed a new look though, they need to command some sort of respect and the green didn't really do that.
Why are the british bobbies the only police taht have to wear such silly hats?

i saw you won on the battles, well done!

February 26, 2006 7:51 PM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Oooh looky! She's got her hair all on here collar. Don't the UK lady cops have to wear their hair up if i touches their collar?

February 26, 2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger Kate R said...

they look like pilots to me.

Our local cops wear dark blue --and some wear black. Talk about sinister.

February 26, 2006 11:16 PM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Funny you should mention the “sinister look” of the blue uniforms. I wrote something about this a few years ago, comparing the obvious differences between German and American cops.

I suppose we should just be happy they are not wearing black with a skull and cross bones on the hat.

February 27, 2006 12:05 AM  
Blogger Foo said...

wow...didnt know that they got new uniform. nice piece of information, now i know who to find when i in trouble in germany :)

February 27, 2006 12:49 AM  
Blogger Nordbank said...

Sinister? Nah.They look as if they should be handing out the peanuts in first class.

February 27, 2006 7:09 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I agree. They look more like airline employees.
I am just sad that the green uniforms are going away - it means that we bikers can no longer refer to them as the "Schnittlauch Patroullie". :-)

February 27, 2006 7:15 AM  
Blogger christina said...

It's not a very nice blue, is it? When they said they were changing to blue I expected something spiffier. This is just boring. I don't even know if I'd recognize one on the street now. But then again, the old olive green and mustard yellow wasn't really my thing either. I mean who looks good in that? Maybe I'm forgetting that fighting crime has nothing to do with fashion? :-)

February 27, 2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger versteckt said...

I have to agree that they look like pilots now. And is that woman wearing a SKIRT? What police officer can run down criminals on the street in a skirt?

Those vests (or whatever you call the top part of the uniform - my English sucks) need to be shortened, but I can understand why they didn't opt for that route, either, because that was also a typical SS thing.

Honestly, I like black uniforms. I find them very sexy :D But I'm a bit weird and think that SS uniforms are sexy, too. Shhh...keep in mind that I don't live in Germany and I didn't say that.

February 27, 2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

They do look like airline stewards more than cops. Uuum... Are the ties green, or are my eyes playing tricks on me? Wierd.

February 27, 2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Eh. Boring blue. Not a bit sinister though.

Most police uniforms in the US are blue and/or gray so it's what I'm used to. Green is for park rangers to me the police in Germany always looked like they wanted me to help prevent forest fires.

February 27, 2006 11:13 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Sparky - I knew it was a song or old rhyme but I only know the first line.

Lydia - The French cops wear silly hats, infact they look ridiculus! :)

Mrs Mac - I think in Germany the cops can have hairstyles, facial hair, piercings, however they like.

Kate - They do look like arline uniforms

Just another - black with the totenkopf would not be good :)

Foo - Thanks for stopping by :)

Nordbank - I hope they serve Vodka & Orange as well! :)

Karen - I actually sat next to a cop in the new uniform on the train on the way home from work that day, and on closer inspection I really do think they are wearing airline uniforms :)

Christina - I guess they are just trying to look good. It seems nowadays its more about the image than getting the job done! :)

Viernach - Your secret is safe with me ;) For the women officers to run down criminals on the street they should be wearing mini-skirts - It's much more practicle! :)

Canadianswiss - I looked again, and the ties do look green. The police obviously haven't upgraded their ties yet. :)

Dixie - I quite liked the ranger/friendly look. I guess in the early morning the blue looked darker and more sinsister, but after seeing it again it does look boring and airline like.

February 28, 2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Oh yeah. Those two look like they want me to put my seatback in the upright position and make sure my tray table is in its locked position.

I like the new blue and white police cars though. I think the normal (or shall we now say old?) green is horrible.

March 01, 2006 1:23 AM  
Blogger Sparky said...


Eins, Zwei Polizei
Drei, Vier Grenadier (sometimes "Offizier")
Fünf, Sechs alte Hex'
Sieben, Acht, Gute Nacht!

Neun, Zehn, Schlafen geh'n
is added.

March 01, 2006 4:54 PM  
Blogger James said...

I read about the uniform change in the Deutsch perfekt magazine, the February edition. They also say that the tan taxis in Germany will be going away, too. Taxis will be allowed to be ANY color. (see page 8 of Deutsch perfekt magazine, FEB '06)

March 01, 2006 5:39 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Dixie - The new colour scheme for the cars does look better :)

Sparky - Thanks for the rest of the rhyme. I'll teach it to the Juniorette :)

James - That's a bad move with the taxi's, because with the usual tan colour they are easy to identify.

March 02, 2006 12:57 AM  
Blogger Sideshow said...

I live in the Washington DC area and there has been a shift too. Many law enforcement agencies have started to shift to black clothing for their special units. Many law enforcement agencies have changed from brown or lighter shades of blue to darker or grayed-out shades of blue. Additionally, more law enforcement vehicles have gone from the traditional white or light colors to black and similar dark colors.

A little creepy.

March 02, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Sparky said...

Wow, if the police starts wearing brown on a wide level, what will UPS do :)))?

March 23, 2006 12:53 PM  

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