What’s Involved In Putting On A Police Uniform?
We all get dressed everyday. That’s about where the similarities end.
Most police officers are mechanical about the method of gearing up for duty. It’s part of the standard operating preparation process.
Twice in over 25 years I changed my pre-duty routine. Both times I arrived at work and had forgotten to pin my shield to the shirt. Crazy how we get so wrapped up in routine.
1. Officers usually wear a black or white moisture wicking material undershirt. It gets super hot and soupy beneath that vest and polyester blouse.
2. Next, the officer straps down their ballistic vest. The technology has improved these assets, but it’s still another unrelenting layer of uniform.
3. The uniform blouse is usually made of polyester or a poly/cotton blend. Either way – it’s hot. Most blouses zip up the front and have large pockets for notebooks, pens and miscellaneous items.
4. The trousers are supported by a velcro lined belt that also serves to hold the duty belt / duty rig in place.
5. Duty belts come in a variety of materials ranging from real leather to nylon. They carry the officer’s weapons, handcuffs, magazines with extra ammo, flashlight, baton, and anything else an officer needs to do their job.
6. Finally, belt keepers are snapped around the inner belt and the duty belt to hold everything in place.
Ready For Duty
Now, repeat that every tour of duty for 30 years!!
Check Out Part 1 – What’s Involved In Dressing Out A Police Uniform Blouse