By Marjorie Nesin
---- — Gloucester’s police officers stepped out in new uniforms Friday, sporting their updated patch and a more tactical outfit that should resist wear and tear, better resist weather, allow quicker movement and present a more standardized and professional appearance.
The uniforms, which the force’s personnel voted in, replace what had become a variety of about five different uniforms worn by Gloucester’s officers. Along with the professionalism a uniform look brings, Police Chief Leonard Campanello said statistics show that a more tactical uniform like the new ones can aid police in de-escalating crime.
“If we can present a command presence, in doing so the likelihood of de-escalation is higher than it would be otherwise,” Campanello said. “This change signifies the professionalism of the department, a very tangible piece of professionalization.”
The lighter-weight material is punctuated by large pockets with Velcro closures. A faux strip of buttons hides a zipper beneath it for quicker dressing. The pants tuck into boots, preventing frayed hems. And, the whole outfit is just more comfortable, officers noted.
Mayor Carolyn Kirk said the uniforms send a message about our police department.
“It conveys the standards of professionalism that already exists across the force,” Kirk said.
Officers may still wear their old dress uniforms, affixed with the new patch, while inside the station or participating in parades and funerals.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at email@example.com.