The responsibility of buying uniforms for an entire department or a complete agency is not an easy task. Trying to please everyone can be difficult, particularly if not all officers are doing the same jobs every day.
Options to Consider
For example, most departments will have standard law enforcement uniforms for their officers on the road and those that are working directly with the public. These are often the classic police uniforms including the standard two-pocket, front button short or long sleeved dress shirt styles with standard trousers. These are typically paired with boots or dress shoes.
Individuals that work inside or are not directly interacting with the public may be better suited for a more casual type of uniform. This could include more of a standard boot cut pant with a polo shirt for the summer or a longer sleeved polo for the winter.
There may also be specialized teams within a department that need full tactical gear. This can include vests, shirts, pants and boots. These types of law enforcement uniforms are designed to be heavier in weight, more protective but also more flexible to provide ease of movement and no restriction on movement.
Summer uniforms are a common consideration in warmer climates. These can include uniform shorts and lightweight shirts, particularly for officers that are on bike patrols or that are spending extensive time outside as part of their duties.
Even though there is no hard and fast rule on colors for law enforcement uniforms, sheriffs’ departments typically wear what is known as the “brown,” which includes brown with tan, police departments wear dark blue or black, and state level agencies tend to wear tan.
There are variations in colors and options to consider. Typically if a uniform color change is planned the agency or department will complete a public relations campaign well in advance of the new uniforms to ensure the general population in the area is aware of the change.
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