The transition began in early 2020.
Frederick, Md (KM) Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies will have a new look starting on Saturday, January 2nd. Their uniforms will go from a dark brown shirt, light brown pants and black boots to a long or short sleeve olive green polo shirt, coyote-colored tactical pants, and coyote-colored boots. The front part of the shirt will have the Sheriff’s Office badge on the left breast, and deputy’s name and rank (corporal and above) on the right breast. The right and left sleeves will have the word “Sheriff” in reflective lettering.
“This transition began in April when COVID restrictions prevented deputies from getting their uniforms dry cleaned,” said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, in a statement. “Although I’ve always favored the traditional uniform look, the need to make a transition presented itself and deputies were temporarily approved to wear the tan tactical pants and black polo shirts usually worn for special assignments and events.”
This is the first uniform change for the Sheriff’s Office for several decades. Approximately 185 sworn officers will be transitioning to the new uniform.
Sheriff Jenkins says the less formal uniforms look just as sharp as the traditional uniform, and they’re much easier to clean. . He says the tactical pants and polo shirts proved to be practical, functional, comfortable and much more durable for wearing each day.
“I really believe you can argue that the new look may be slightly less intimidating to the general public,” Jenkins continues. “Other huge benefits to this change, now and in the long term, include the tremendous cost savings in issuing and replacing the uniform associated with dry cleaning.”
By Kevin McManus