Can anybody identify the cap-badge and/or uniform in this image?

I'm hoping the period is c. 1899/1900 and should be UK based???

My searches to date have turned up a blank; but then I have no military background.

Robert Whinham CLARK

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    Do you have a photo showing the rest of the uniform? As this could allow somebody to identify service branch, company or department and then identify the badge more easily.
    – BOB
    Aug 19, 2019 at 12:49
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    – Lucian
    Aug 19, 2019 at 13:43
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    @LKB welcome to the site! Comments are ephemeral, please edit your clarifications into your original question.
    – AllInOne
    Aug 19, 2019 at 15:47
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    @LKB I think that the cap badge has a bent arm holding what looks like a tomahawk or axe, and surrounded by a laurel(?) branch. I suggest that it is connected with a unit of "pioneers" whose symbol was an axe to cut brush and trees and clear a bath for the army, or maybe an engineer's unit.
    – MAGolding
    Aug 19, 2019 at 20:15
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    The arm with hammer motif appears on the crest of the coat of arms of the city of Birmingham, and on the badge of the ship HMS Birmingham. Perhaps the cap badge is for some Birmingham-related organization, such as (wild conjecture) the Birmingham Rifle Volunteer Corps. Aug 20, 2019 at 14:16

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He is a senior police officer of Birmingham City Constabulary in the pre-WW1 era.

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    Could you also show a similar Birmingham City Constabulary officer cap-badge on another image in your reply?
    – gktscrk
    May 16, 2020 at 9:18

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