You may have noticed the difference right away.
Or you’re still trying to put your finger on the difference.
The difference we’re talking about is the color of the uniforms worn by Sylvania Township police officers.
Instead of the township’s traditional tan/brown uniforms, they are now clad in the more nationally-traditional dark blue.
Deputy Chief Jim Rettig said he was among officers who weren’t originally pleased by the plan to change, but when the green came into the mix, the decision was clear, even if reluctant.
Uniform supply companies all have stacks and stacks of shirts, pants, jackets and other items in blue, but not in the color a Sylvania Township officer might need. The simple answer is blue is cheaper and readily available.
Chief Rettig said officers are responsible for their uniforms and are given a $700 annual stipend to replace worn or damaged items.
Because uniform supply companies keep a large number of blue uniform components on hand, but not as many in tan, the ability to quickly replace any item is enhanced and is less expensive.
It doesn’t happen often he said, but an officer could be down to less than the number of items he should have and then he’s in a circumstance where his shirt and pants are torn chasing some guy over fences.
It’s not just the cost, but he needs them replaced right away, and that can’t be guaranteed due to scarcity. With the availability of the new navy-blue uniforms that should no longer be in issue, Chief Rettig said.
Police officers have agreed to give up this year’s clothing stipend so the funds can go toward the changeover.
Police Chief Paul Long said he will also use money from the Furtherance of Justice Fund for the initial purchase.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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