Covid: Italian police unhappy with pink masks

Italian police union says pink masks are ‘indecent’.

The unexpected delivery of pink FFP2 masks to police stations across Italy has been met with astonishment and disapproval, prompting complaints about the “inappropriate” color, Italian media report.

The general secretary of the “Sap” police union has written to Italian police chief Lamberto Giannini, saying officers will refuse to wear the “unseemly” pink masks and calling for their removal.

The pink masks were supplied to police stations in Bologna, Ferrara, Pavia, Syracuse, Varese and Venice, reports the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, causing consternation among the officers.

“Based on the oath taken, it is necessary that the uniform be worn with decorum and respect for the institution to which one belongs,” writes the head of Sap, Osvaldo Paoloni.

“The use of unsuitable accessories that do not represent the administration is therefore discouraged” – writes Paoloni – “We believe that the clothing and accessories used must be appropriate and consistent with the uniform, just as it is not recommended to use eye-catching masks.”

Pink is therefore not suitable for the police and suggests a “semblance of less authority”, argues the union, which has asked that the masks be replaced by “a different color (white, light blue, blue or black) and in any case consistent with the uniform of the State Police.

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