Italian police officers frustrated after being given to use pink masks
A number of pink masks have been distributed to police forces in several Italian provinces in recent weeks.
But a union of Italian police officers has denounced the move, saying the color could "damage the image of the institution".
In a letter to the head of the national police, the general secretary of the Autonomous Police Union (SAP) protested against the masks.
Stefano Paoloni said the pink masks were inappropriate for the officers and called the decision to approve the purchase confusing.
"We call for immediate action to ensure that colleagues are served with masks of other colors, e.g. "white, blue, or black," the statement added.
The union added that it is not prejudiced against color, but has opposed the strict uniform policy of police officers.
In Italy, face masks are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, while FFP2 masks must be worn when using public transport, or when entering theaters, concert halls and cinemas until April.
On Twitter, Italian Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Teresa Bellanova said that "respect for the uniform does not come from the colors, but from the behavior and work of the men and women who wear it."