Their daily lot includes confronting violent offenders but now police have been told that it is too dangerous for them to put up a flag.
Although the union flag has been flown, without mishap, for more than 70 years from the police station in Woodbridge, Suffolk, health and safety officers have ruled that it can no longer be raised because it involves someone leaning out of a window.
The flag pole is 15 ft above the street and Terry Horth - himself a retired policeman - noticed that the flag was not flying from it to mark the Queen's birthday on April 21.
He was told that "restrictive access" to the pole on the front wall of the police station meant that the flag could no longer be flown on state occasions.
''I cannot understand how it can be declared too dangerous to put up a flag, especially when officers routinely deal with far great dangers at work," said Mr Horth.
Thanks to the Telegraph.