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Anyone who has been on protest marches over the years will be aware that some members of the riot police – officially the Territorial Support Group (TSG) these days – have a tendency towards losing their identification numbers accompanied by a proclivity to non-accountable violence. It wasn’t really news to me when video footage showed that the TSG member who pushed Ian Tomlinson over during last year’s G20 protests wasn’t wearing his badge number. Nor to learn that Sergeant Delroy Smellie, who has denied assaulting Nicola Foster on the same occasion, was similarly deshabille.
A survey in the Police Review at the end of April 2009 showed that “45% of police officers admit to not wearing their shoulder identification numbers on frontline duty.” Later that month, Met top dog Sir Paul Stephenson declared that police officers who deliberately failed to wear ID numbers would face the sack.