In the next few months, Sylvania Township residents will notice a change in its police officers.
Instead of the township’s traditional tan uniforms, they will be clad in the more nationally-traditional dark blue. The change is generated by a number of factors, but one of the main reasons is cost. Chief Paul Long pulled at his trouser leg and said they would cost about $90 to replace, while dark blue pants would be around $70. He noted that availability is another issue.
Officers are responsible for their uniforms and the risk of having to special order an item which has become torn or stained can pose a problem. The chief said uniform supply companies keep a large number of blue uniform components on hand, but not as many in tan.
Police officers are given a $700 annual stipend for uniforms, but next year, he said, they will give that up in order to make the switch to blue.
He said he is trying to get a price where officers won’t have to give up all of the stipend. He also will use money from the department’s Furtherance of Justice Fund for the initial purchase.
The reduction in the stipend will be limited to next year, he added.
Chief Long said there is no deadline for introducing the new uniforms and that it is likely the shoulder patch will have a slight redesign as well.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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