How To Dress Out A Police Uniform Blouse
Gotta iron your shirt you say? That’s the first and simplest step in preparing a police uniform shirt for duty every day.
Officers are very systematic about the way they prepare their equipment. The blouse, or shirt is a vital piece of gear in the officer’s resource kit.
1. While each officer has their unique way of dressing out the blouse, most pin the shield on last. They also remove the shield last when undressing the blouse.
2. Most police uniform blouses have “collar brass” that may signify the agency, their assignment, district or duty. Examples would be one collar may hold a pin that read NYPD and the other side hold a pin that read HQ.
3. Most uniforms place rank, insignia or other identifying marks along the shoulders’ epaulets.
4. The front right side panel of the blouse usually holds various pins, medals, assignment insignia and an American flag pin.
5. The front left side panel of the blouse holds the shield. It sits over the officer’s heart.
1. The metal backings that hold the pins in place often fall off. Officers use pencil erasers to secure the pins against the blouse.
2. Officers often use a “template” on the underside of the blouse to secure the variety of pins and ribbons. It might be a square of cardboard or a business card. It helps the officer align their pins in the same location every time. It also helps the items to sit flat on the material and look sharp.
3. Officers also use elastic with alligator clips attached to the bottom of their blouse and to the tops of their socks to keep their blouse tucked in tight.
Now that’s dedication!!
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