Wednesday, March 14, 2007

If They Smell Good, They Must Be Good


Police in India's Western state of Gujarat will be wearing flowers, not in they’re hair but in their new uniforms. The new flower power will be impregnated with the fragrance of flowers and citrus to help improve their image. In addition to smelling good, the uniforms will have reflective prints and fiber optic technology to make sure the uniform not only smells good but glows at night so officials can be located easily… The new uniforms should be a big hit with the crime crowd.

"Most policemen look hassled, drenched in sweat after coming from any scene of crime," said Somesh Singh, a designer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad that drew up the uniforms on request of the state government.

"They are surely not the best person one would like to meet, but if they smell good and fresh one might as well approach them," said Singh.

The uniforms will retain the scent even after washing as the fragrance is embedded in the cotton during processing.

Some police say they are eager to try out the new uniforms. Criminals say they are eager to see the new uniforms.

"If the new uniforms makes us stand out in the crowd, keeps us active with pleasant aroma and is yet very formal, then we are all for it." The uniforms will be introduced to the state's 300,000 police in the next few months.

I wonder if this would work for Los Angeles Police Officers? While they mace a student for demonstrating (peaceful) anti etablishment regulations, they could smell not like mace but Foxglove - beautiful but poisonous.

Playing Dress Up

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