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On 8th September 2011 following an application made by Sergeant 3561 Russ HALL
the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defence granted a warrant authorising
the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty, defaced with the badge of the Devon & Cornwall
Constabulary in the fly thereof, to be worn on vessels owned, chartered or hired
by the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.
Russ Hall, 27 September 2011
I queried the word 'Constabulary' on the badge as they were re-named Devon &
Cornwall Police early in 2010. In reply it was said that the image in the fly is
that of a helmet badge which, for reasons of expense, will not be changed for
some time; probably not until EIIR needs changing.
David Prothero, 3 October 2011
Does that mean that once they do change it, they'll have to apply for a new
warrant? I would think that "the badge used by the Devon & Cornwall Police"
would have been more practical here, but it may be that the authority in control
of such warrants would rather not allow for uncontrolled change.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 May 2012
As I understand it the operative
words on the Warrant are "...defaced with the badge of the Devon & Cornwall
Constabulary in the fly thereof". The fact is that the words "Constabulary" and
"Police" (in this instance) are referring to the same body, so the change in
title is an irrelevance. None-the-less, when their helmet badge is changed and
the word "police" used then, strictly (if not "pedantically") speaking, they
should apply for a new Warrant - indeed (given who they are) they may choose to
do so, however, it is unlikely in the extreme that anybody at the Ministry (or
elsewhere) would challenge their right to continue to fly an ensign defaced with
the new badge should they decide not to so reapply.
The same argument does not apply to the Royal Cypher (EIIR), since a change of monarch automatically means a change of cypher and the badge referred to remains the badge regardless.
Christopher Southworth, 4 May 2012