Stricter dress code ordered for Phoenix police
PHOENIX (AP) - The chief of the Phoenix Police Department has ordered a stricter dress code for the agency's 2,500 patrol officers and has drawn complaints from officers who say the change violates a labor agreement that let them choose which uniform to wear.
The Arizona Republic reports
that Phoenix police Chief Daniel V. Garcia has ordered that patrol officers, beginning next month, must wear only their polyester-blend uniforms with dark-blue button-down shirts and dress-style pants.
The black, cotton-blend polo shirt and cargo pants that patrol officers have had the option of wearing for the past 15 years will no longer be allowed.
Garcia has said the use of two patrol uniforms has the potential to create confusion and offers greater opportunity for criminals to impersonate officers.
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