Gloucester deputies sporting new uniforms

by Kim Robins - Posted on Jan 08, 2020 - 07:39 PM

Photo: Gloucester Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Knight, above, was wearing his new navy blue uniform as he greeted visitors to the county courthouse this week. The sheriff’s office recently transitioned to the new uniforms and away from the previous “air force blue” shirts. Photo by Kim Robins

Gloucester Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Knight, above, was wearing his new navy blue uniform as he greeted visitors to the county courthouse this week. The sheriff’s office recently transitioned to the new uniforms and away from the previous “air force blue” shirts. Photo by Kim Robins

With the new year, Gloucester residents will see their local law enforcement officers sporting new dark navy uniforms. 

Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren said the new uniforms are competitively priced and his officers can wear the dark navy with their current winter jackets, neckties and campaign hats. 

Warren said the replaced uniform, introduced in 2010 by a former sheriff, included an “air force blue” shirt that is no longer available because the manufacturer went out of business in 2018. 

One of reasons for going with the dark navy alternative, Warren said, is that it is more traditional for law enforcement and it is made by several manufacturers so the pricing is very competitive. “My office was able to purchase the new uniforms under state contract pricing so we maximized savings,” he added. 

When the switch was made to the former uniforms, Warren said it cost about $80,000. This time, new jackets, ties and hats were not needed and the dark navy uniform overall is less expensive than the previous custom-made uniforms. Warren estimated the current transition to new uniforms will cost about $40,000. 

“This decision was easy,” Warren said, “We had deputies who were down to one uniform and you simply can’t buy what we wear anymore. The navy uniform has been around for decades and is worn by law enforcement agencies nationwide. I can’t imagine a time when we will be unable to purchase a dark navy uniform in the future.”

Warren said one drawback for some officers may be that the new pants are 100 percent polyester with no wool like the previous uniform pants. “On a cold day, you feel it,” he said, but overall the new outfits have been well received.

“They are lighter, more comfortable, and they seem to breathe better,” said Gloucester Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Knight, who frequently mans the security post at the county courthouse entrance. “I’ve also gotten a lot of compliments,” he added of the new look.