Police Polizei Carabinieri
Police Polizei Carabinieri
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The police have the same mission in every European nation, but nevertheless, they look different in every country. The Dutch police are recognisable through the logo of an exploding grenade on top of a book of law, while English Bobbies wear a remarkably shaped helmet and Italian carabinieri have red stripes on their trousers. You’d rather go around the block once more when you encounter police in Spain, while you’d be happy to ask directions from a Danish cop wearing a light-blue shirt. How we experience the visual identity of the police is tied in with our cultural background. Does a government opt for authority or accessibility? This exhibition in the atrium of the Town Hall in The Hague shows the commonalities and differences between police uniforms across Europe.

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