9.020 – Police Uniform
Effective Date: 11/20/2013
1. The Chief of Police Approves All Uniforms
2. All Department Uniform Standards Shall be Maintained in the Uniform Reference Catalog (URC)
Officers shall not wear uniform items that are not located in the URC without written permission from the Chief of Police.
Exception: Officers may wear black suspenders for gun belts with a signed medical exemption letter from the Employment Services Lieutenant.
3. The Audit, Policy & Research Section Maintains the URC
Any requests to alter or submit new uniform options to the URC shall be researched and evaluated by the Uniform and Equipment Committee (UEC) and forwarded to the Chief of Police for final consideration.
4. All Outward Facing Uniform Items Include Proper Identifying Markings
Any shirt, jacket, etc., worn as the outermost layer of the officer’s uniform shall contain a cloth nametag on the right side chest of the uniform item. The uniform shall also display the officer’s badge on the left side chest of item.
Exception: A cloth badge may be sewn on in place of the badge on jackets, traffic vests, and BDUs.
5. Sworn Personnel Wear the Approved Patrol Uniform For Most Department Functions
On-duty personnel may choose to wear either the class A or class B uniform year round, unless otherwise directed. This applies to both on-duty and off-duty work as an officer.
Exception: In emergencies and/or inclement weather, a Captain or above may authorize patrol to wear the Department-approved BDU uniform.
6. Employees Shall Wear Specialty Uniforms for Authorized Functions Only
Officers shall respond to all Department functions in the approved patrol uniform unless:
- They are permanently assigned or on-loan to a specialty unit and performing the function of that unit.
- They are performing a follow-up investigation function.
- They are authorized by the Chief of Police to wear an alternate uniform.
7. Sworn Personnel May Wear Optional Uniform Items Listed in the URC
All authorized patrol jackets may be worn with either the class A or B uniform.
All authorized winter hats may be worn between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.
The authorized 8-point hat may be worn with either the class A or B patrol uniforms; the authorized patrol baseball cap may be worn only when on a fixed traffic post.
All other optional items (medals, patches, etc.) shall only be worn as permitted by the URC and only in the manner prescribed therein.
8. All Sworn Personnel Maintain an Approved Patrol Uniform
All sworn employees shall keep a class A and class B patrol uniform at their unit of assignment along with all other required patrol equipment.
All sworn employees shall keep all authorized Demonstration Management uniforms within their unit of assignment.
9. Sworn Personnel Working a Plainclothes Assignment Require Approval
Sworn personnel shall only work in plainclothes when assigned to a unit authorized to do so and only when performing functions of that unit.
Sworn personnel must obtain approval of their Bureau Chief prior to working any plain clothes function not meeting the requirements above, whether the assignment is on duty or off duty.
10. Uniformed Personnel Shall Not Address Plainclothes Officers
Plainclothes officers may only be addressed after they have initiated contact with uniformed officers.
Exception: This does not apply in criminal investigations involved in an operation with plainclothes officers.