Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Police Uniforms

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.

5 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

Of course what you're saying is that Police uniforms should be more like Military uniforms. While I agree with that idea, even Military uniforms fail to provide the proper combination of protection and comfort. In the 60s many Departments used "riot" helmets for everyday wear. The public thought it looked too aggressive so the concept was dropped. If you asked me, we need more aggressive looking and acting Cops to face the much more aggressive criminals out there today.

FlyTrap50 said...

At least make them more comfortable. Wool pants in this heat is awful.

Bunkermeister said...

We need a uniform that provides protection from heat, fire, floatation, and ballistic protection. Our uniform design is at least 100 years old and is out of step with our needs.

Bunkermeister said...

I hate wool uniforms!

Rothco Military said...

police uniforms is same as military clothing uniforms...and i love military clothes..thanks for this post..