Military patches and uniforms for police and soldiers on the UK’s armed forces have been available for about two years, but the number of troops with them has remained at the low levels seen before the war in Syria began.
The number of officers and troops who wear the insignia of the Metropolitan Police has also remained relatively low, with just about 1,000 available in March 2017, according to figures obtained by New Scientist.
The police’s insignia also includes a patch for the RAF, which is based in the US, which it used to command.
A British police officer, left, and a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) guard a police station in central London.
Police are using patches for officers and armed forces personnel to make sure they are well-equipped, said Mark Evans, a retired Royal Ulster constable who runs the uniform department at the Royal Military Police (RMP).
The military insignia has been widely seen as an attempt by the Royal Army to bolster its numbers and support its troops in Syria.
Some of the patches have also been seen by some of the armed forces, but only as a last resort.
One police officer in the UK said he was in Syria in April to provide training to other police officers in a bid to boost morale and improve their physical condition.
He was wearing a white police shirt and a black military uniform that read ‘The Metropolitan Police’.
The RMP said in a statement that it would not be releasing the data on the number and size of police officers who wear patches until the end of May.
It added that its decision to restrict the number would be based on the need to protect the rights of members of the public.
New Scientist contacted the Met Police for comment.
Last year, the RMP made an announcement that all of its officers were being given new uniforms that were made of a blend of polyester and wool.
The RMP declined to comment further.
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