There do seem a few strange things about the photo, however. The clouded backdrop suggests that it is a studio portrait. Why would his belt be worn so noticeably aslant as this (or maybe too loose)? A good photographer might ordinarily straighten out something as simple as this before taking the picture, and maybe pose the subject more to look better. Especially if he has taken enough uniformed portraits. This of course assumes a professional lensman, but fixing these things does not actually require a pro.
In his preparations for the famous searchlight display at the NSDAP rally, Albert Speer noted that many Party members were not particularly photogenic, so doing the ceremonies at night were a big help. When the German foreign service was put into new uniforms in the late 1930s, one official quipped that it was not helpful because their undistinguished looks ended up making them look like doormen or porters.
This might apply to many ordinary police other ranks, regardless of their abilities or performance. Some men might not cut a good figure in uniform, and a photo might emphasize it. Maybe this would be more evident when a large proportion of the whole nation is in some kind of uniform?
Ian Hulley wrote:the straps certainly aren't white-piped I'll bet they're 'Gift Grun' ... Toxic Green of the SD.
Under what circumstances might there be such a mismatch between cap and shoulder strap piping?
Also, why no SS runes?