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A POLICEWOMAN had surgery to reduce her breast size so she can wear body armour that protects the wearer's whole body without suffering agonising pain.
For two years, WPC Jackie Smithies endured pains in her breasts from wearing the 4lb armour throughout 10-hour shifts. So, not wanting to give up her job, she had surgery to reduce her size from 36G to 36C.
Jackie, 36, will be off street duties for the next year. But she said: "I don't regret the op, even if it was a drastic step and I'm left with some scars".
"The armour made you look like a punchbag ... when I wore it, problems I have with my back were made even worse. It was heaven taking it off."
Before the op, Jackie - married with a six-year-old son - was offered four different-sized vests. They were all too small, and made-to-measure armour did not fit properly.
But she had to wear protective clothing because of the risks on patrol in Greater Manchester.
Jackie, the first woman cop to have a breast reduction because of armour, now believes other women officers are planning the same thing.
In her own survey of 1,500 women police in Greater Manchester, she said 700 who had so far replied complained about the armour's discomfort. Jackie, of Oldham, said: "Ninety-nine per cent thought it a nightmare. But the force says we must wear it."
Police bosses are aware of the problem of armour for women. Early versions were described by the Police Federation as a "cross between Boadicea's shield and Madonna's underwear."
Now a push is under way to find a special T-shirt style of garment that will protect women from attack but is also comfortable to wear. One plan is to switch to protective vests worn outside uniforms.
A police spokesman said the vests were at first worn underneath uniforms because bosses did not want officers to look paramilitary-style.
He added: "There are always going to be fitting problems because of different shapes and sizes of people." http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WPC'S+BREAST+REDUCTION+SO+SHE+CAN+WEAR+BODY+ARMOUR.-a060385542