They weren’t the furry variety, but one Mountie’s fashionable take on handcuffs raised some eyebrows Thursday morning.
As she was arresting a woman coming off the Greyhound bus, a Kelowna police officer was snapped using pink handcuffs, which prompted the Capital News reporter on scene to question the legitimacy of the equipment being used.
Turns out, Mounties can exhibit some colourful flair.
“I’m not aware of any policy that dictates the colour of handcuffs as long as they meet our standards,” said Const. Steve Holmes. “The fur ones and the plastic ones wouldn’t be included with that.”
Although Holmes hasn’t seen any colour than silver and black in use, he pointed out there’s a practical cause for colour coding. “We have a sonic cleaner (for handcuffs) and when you have a couple of sets going in and you want to get yours out it would make it readily apparent which are yours if they’re a different colour,” he said.
Practicality aside, fashionable criminals may want to wear neutral tones in their future activities.