United Kingdom

UK police department adds gender-neutral caps for transgender officers

A British police department is swapping out its traditional headgear for gender-neutral baseball caps in a bid to welcome more transgender officers. 

Northamptonshire police will replace the traditional custodian and bowler hats with the new headgear, called "bump caps," by June 9, according to the department's news release on Wednesday. 

"Having to choose gender-based headgear is a barrier to the non-binary transgender community joining the police service," Northamptonshire police said. 

"By introducing this new hat we provide a single protective hat to all police officers, Special Constables and PCSOs for general duties," the department added. 

VIDEO: STUDENTS WALK OUT OF CLASS TO SUPPORT COPS

It will be the third department in the United Kingdom to make the switch. Police departments in Cheshire and Lancashire were the first. A few special units in Northamptonshire police have already switched to bump caps.

The department said the new caps also offer better protection, are lighter, more practical and cheaper than the previous hats. 

PHOTO: POLICE OFFICER SAYS GOODBYE TO DAUGHTER BEFORE WORK

The traditional headgear options -- the flat cap and custodian helmet for men, and the bowler hat for women -- either offered no protection or were too impractical. 

"I think this is absolutely the right time to update and provide this new, fit for purpose headgear," Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold said.