Many years ago I used to collect police hats of the world. One of my mates was a police photographer, and put together this collage of me wearing some of the hats in my collection. I recently came across this photo again whilst looking through my box of my old police bits and bobs.
Besides showing you how handsome I used to be with my standard-issue 1980s police moustache, I thought this picture would give an idea of some of the wide variety of police headgear styles in the world.
I think by the time I stopped collecting police hats, I had about 50 of them. Most are still in a display cabinet in the Wellington Central Police Station, where I left them when I retired from the police in 2005.
Seeing this photo for the first time in years has made me think I might rescue a few of the more interesting hats from the display case and put them in my study here at home.
And finding this photo provides the opportunity for a quiz for my readers. Using the numbered photo below, who can tell which country each hat comes from? Click on the photo for a closer look. Note that some countries are represented more than once.