28/06/2005

PSNI to introduce new identity pass

The police is to introduce a new identity pass for its officers and staff, it was announced today.

The PSNI said the new pass aimed to provide the public, and in particular more vulnerable groups, with improved safeguards and greater reassurance when they come into contact with an individual who claims to be a police officer.

To help those checking the identity of an officer, particularly older people and those with visual impairment, the new ID cards feature larger photographs, larger, bolder type, Braille wording and special security features.

The cards have a grey backround along with a hologram of the Police Service crest, the text 'Police Officer' or 'Police Staff' in bold blue writing and the holder's name and job title carried below in black type.

Assistant Chief Constable for Operational Support and Change Management Roy Toner said the new cards offered a good example of how police work in partnership with other groups to seek out and make improvements.

"We have looked for ways to improve how we identify ourselves, for the benefit of householders, particularly with older people or the visually impaired in mind,” ACC Toner said.

"This enhanced ID card is a great example of how extensive consultation with a range of bodies can bring about an improvement to benefit all.

"I would urge people to make sure they know what the new cards look like and remember that, if in doubt, they can contact their local station for advice."

A total of 16,000 new cards – to include all officers and civilian support staff members – is to be handed out, and by August 26 will be the only card in use.

(MB)

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