It is the little things a lot of a people don’t think about. Everyday billions of women, all over the world, sometime during their get ready routine put on their bra without a second thought. Most do not even think about the dangers that can come from that simple little under garment. According to Health, Wealth and Happiness website, a bra is an important support device for the female breast. Well in the United Kingdom an issue of safety regarding the bra has come up. The U.K. Essex Police force has instructed their female officers not to wear bras that contain and under wire to work!
Their reasoning behind this is simple, if shot, the damage from the under wire in the bra can be more harmful then beneficial. Ballistic testing has shown that besides the obvious injuries that would clearly come from being shot, the under wire can cause metal to be driven into the skin causing more injury. A letter and a briefing were provided to the police force to help them understand the dangers of wearing an under wire bra on duty and other alternative options that they could wear instead.
One thing discussed in this letter included, “Although, there is no such thing as a bullet-proof bra, a good comfortable fitted non-wired bra from a retailer like Marks & Spencer would help prevent ballistic damage.” In both the briefing and the letter, they recommend the officers to shop at Mark & Spencer, a common British retail store. The letter also emphasizes the dangers the under wire in the bra can cause.
Many officers agree with the information provided to them and see the dangers in wearing an under wired bra while performing their everyday work duties. However one female officer quoted in an article in the British new feed, The Telegraph stated, “It’s a bit bizarre, as while obviously our safety is being taken seriously, the chances of getting shot in Essex are very small.” She has a good point, as crime is lower in Essex than other parts of the United Kingdom. However, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to injuries from a simple thing like a bra’s under wire.
|Example of a wire less bra!|
I think the United Kingdom is starting a good practice. Although, the likelihood of getting shot while on duty is not an incredibly high risk, it is always a possibility given the nature of the job. At first I thought this was a little invasive of an employer to suggest but I see how they are just looking out for the safety of the officer. They are not asking them not to wear bras in general, which I think would be some sort of sexual harassment! Instead they are just asked to chose an under garment that is under wire free. This is for their personal safety to reduce injury. I think this would be a good practice to implement in the United States police force for the safety of our officers.