LETTER: Police officers deserve more functional uniforms

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 5:28 p.m. CDT; updated 11:13 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

Over the humid holiday weekend, an officer was invited into an air-conditioned place where I was, and I noticed that, while the rest of us are advised to wear light-colored clothing, he was in a black, thick-looking shirt with a collar on his neck, matching pants and shoes that looked as if they would be more appropriate for dress wear than for running/chasing.

We don't have to dress our officers in loud-print Hawaiian shirts, short-shorts or sandals. But while the rest of us get to dress for weather purposes, could not our officers have light-colored shirts, light pants and running shoes that equate a track star foot preservation/comfort, and yet meet dress code for uniform?

I know the officers would never complain, but as a citizen who saw this first-hand (and knows the weather is going to get increasingly more humid/hot), could we not consider the officers in this situation every day?

Delcia Crockett lives in Columbia.

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Delcia Crockett June 1, 2011 | 10:01 p.m.

Thank you for publishing this.

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