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NAUMD Best Dressed Law Enforcement Competition

Oct '07
When you are looking for a police officer in a crisis or when you've been in an accident, take a moment to notice the uniform it might be one of the best in the country, according to the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD).

The New York based trade group recently announced the winners of its annual Best Dressed Law Enforcement Competition, a program honoring the nation's best uniform designs and the departments who wear them.

Some may wonder what distinguishes one uniform from another. Indeed, on the surface, uniforms are very similar, decidedly consistent and standard in overall appearance.

But to the countless departments who have entered the NAUMD Best Dressed Law Enforcement Awards throughout its 30 year life, and to the program's sponsor, the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD), uniforms have a greater meaning and purpose.

In general, people prefer doing business with companies who attire their employees in uniforms, according to several recent studies. Those queried believed uniform wearers to be more trustworthy and credible, professionals with the ability to get the job done.

“In law enforcement, a visible, impressive uniformed police presence on the street, at a mall, or other institution can also work to significantly allay the public's fears, bringing more business to the establishment,” notes NAUMD President Richard Lerman.

“As unfortunate past events have shown, in times of crisis, there is nothing more comforting to a community than an easily identifiable uniformed police officer.”

That is because uniforms are the ultimate communicator of image and authority. They are essential to security and law enforcement work, for it is how the public identifies who can help them when they are in need.

What makes a department stand out? Here's a quick look at this year's top winners:
• Independence, MO, Police Department – Alamar Uniform Company, supplier. Besting others in its category, This department's dressed to impress look is classic – uniforms are blue; ties black in color. Officers have the option of wearing a long sleeved shirt and tie or turtleneck in winter.

A navy blue crew neck t-shirt may be substituted for the turtleneck at the officer's expense. Caps are worn at all official functions and are optional at other times.

• Rowlett, TX, Police Department – Red the Uniform Tailor, supplier. Rowlett's uniforms are made from natural, durable and breathable fabrics, a must given the Texas climate.

A 55/45% Dacron poly-wool blend is used for all general issue shirts and pants. Shirts feature sewn in zippers and decorative metal buttons bearing the Lone Star of the State of Texas.

• Wyoming, MI, Police Department – Nye Uniform Company, supplier. The Class A uniform is the standard duty uniform of this department and is worn for regular assignments. The look consists of a long or short sleeved shirt with metal badge/name plate and “serving since” attachment.

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