Russian Interior Ministry Forced To Ban Short Skirts, Cut Sleeves On Police Uniforms

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Cops in Russia are apparently fond of making fashion statements with their police uniforms, and the Russian Interior Ministry has had enough of it.

The Ministry banned all police uniform modifications amidst problems with cops altering their uniforms to show a bit too much skin. According to the Times U.K., male officers had become fond of cutting off their shirt sleeves and female officers were hemming their skirts too highly.

Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov released a memo on the policy change.

"When you meet people, the first thing you see is their clothing, and for a police officer fulfilling his duties, it is crucial to have a tidy and neat appearance,” he said. “From time to time, we have seen instances of officers improperly wearing their uniforms. … Heads [of departments] must pay more attention to the appearance of their subordinates.”

Yesterday, twitter user @LubuShul posted a picture of a few female cops in her hometown. It’s not hard to see why the Minintry had to step in and do something. They look like college students dressed for Halloween:

Sources: Times UK, Huffington Post