The law enforcement uniform is in great need of being updated. They have remained almost unchanged since the beginning of police forces in the 19th Century. Uniforms should be fire resistant, if not actually fireproof. Uniforms should be bullet resistant; the body armor should work better with the actual shirt and trousers. Armor should not be a separate large heavy bulky item that is separate from the clothing. Armor and clothing should be act as a flotation device.
Even items as simple as a name tag don’t serve us well. I have worn the little metal name tag with a pin. It always looked bad, sort of hanging down because the thickness of the pin would not let it hang straight. Later, I wore the military style name tag with two butterfly clips. Frequently the clips fell off and the name tag would dangle from a single pin. Sometimes both pins would fall off and the name tag would get lost.
Police clothing should provide protection from gunshots, fire, and knives, both stabbing and slashing. Police clothing should provide protection from falls, and provide comfort when in a kneeling or prone position, with elbow and knee pads. Police clothing should be integrated with communications gears, speakers and microphones. Police clothing needs to move into the 21st Century; that’s what the SGT Says.