Police Uniform Tax Rebate

Prison officers must maintain order and daily operations of the facility and are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates. A correction officer has a responsibility to control inmates who may be dangerous, and that society themselves do not wish to accommodate. An officer must always prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes by supervising activities and work assignments of inmates. Officers have a responsibility to protect the public from incarcerated criminals, protect fellow officers from inmates and protect inmates from other inmates at all times. An officer must be alert and aware of any and all movement taking place inside the facility. Prevention is one of the key components to an officer’s duties. Officers can utilize prevention by routinely searching inmates and their living quarters for potential threats such as weapons or drugs. An officer must make their presence known at all times and remain assertive and refuse to back down. An officer must be a disciplinarian and enforce the rules and punish when rules are violated.

A number of industries require workers to wear uniforms to give an impression of organization, competence and professionalism. Police, firemen and hospital workers are identifiable to the public because they wear familiar uniforms. How you take care of your work uniform is an important factor in how you’re perceived and whether or not they feel confident in your skills.

Unless your uniform is heavily soiled try to use cooler temperatures when running water into the washing tub, or when using your washing machine. Cooler temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius or less will reduce the amount of color that bleeds from the fabric, helping to keep the uniform looking bright and vibrant for longer. Place mild detergent and half a cup of vinegar in the washing machine with clothes. Vinegar removes odors and acts as a fabric softener. Set the machine to wash with warm or hot water to remove bacteria from the uniform. Let the uniform run through the wash cycle.

Move uniform from the washer into the dryer once the wash cycle is complete. Set the dryer to “tumble dry. Heat from this setting helps remove any remaining bacteria in the clothing.

Remove the uniform from the dryer and lay each clothing item flat. Use an iron and ironing board to remove wrinkles from your uniform. Set the iron to the setting appropriate for the fabric type.

Any professions including the police forces expect the smooth, stiff look of a starched uniform. Before you iron or starch, check your material to make sure the iron won’t scorch or melt it. For instance, many sporting uniforms should not be ironed.

Use starch if your uniform wrinkles easily. Once garments are dry, hold starch about two inches from the material and spray liberally. Make sure the steam setting is off and iron immediately. Note that the more starch you use, the stiffer your uniform will be so unless heavy starch goes with your work territory, apply just enough starch to keep your uniform neat without causing you discomfort.

The biggest issue people run into when it comes to shinning boots is failure to prep the boot. They open them up, grab some kiwi, and start slathering it on… you’ve already set yourself up for failure. The manufacturer puts a protective coating/waterproofing on the boot right from the factory. This keeps the boot from taking a quick easy shine like it should. Depending on how far you’re into shinning and what type of base coat you’ve built up, it might be worth stripping them and starting over. If you don’t want to do that, then you may be okay.

When polishing the police boots try not to use much polish. Put on just a thin haze of polish, so light you can see through it. Let it sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Hold a 100% cotton t-shirt across the boot and rapidly buff by pulling back and forth, using light pressure. You are buffing the polish, not trying to remove the leather.

As a police officer in the UK, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction for certain work-related expenses, such as cleaning, drying and ironing your uniform, Police Officers qualify for the maximum ‘flat rate’ of £140. Other Police employees who are responsible for cleaning their own uniforms may qualify for the £60 deduction. And you can claim for up to 5 years.

To get a refund from the HMRC you will be asked the following details:

  • Employer’s name and address
  • Your occupation, job title and industry sector
  • Your details, including your National Insurance Number and your PAYE reference
  • Whether you’re claiming flat rate expenses
  • How you want to be paid – into your bank account or by cheque