Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A dozen Sedgwick County deputies are testing a new uniform that consists of a dark polo shirt and khaki pants.
Nine deputies in the patrol and warrant sections and three deputies in the jail are part of the three-month trial.
"It's very comfortable. We're used to polyester, the stiffer uniforms," said Deputy Erin Wannow. "Going out on a call, being on an accident scene, it's a lot more comfortable."
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is looking at this outfit as the primary uniform for the detention facility and as a seasonal uniform for those out on patrol.
"I have heard that it makes you more approachable but there are traditionalists out there that like that traditional uniform because it's very recognizable," said Lt. David Mattingly.
The trial phase will follow a cost analysis. One possibility is for deputies to purchase the seasonal uniforms.
"It's not anything that I would have a problem with purchasing, if it was given available to us," said Wannow.
The Sheriff's Office will make a decision by the end of the year.
If you would like to voice your opinion on the new uniforms, contact the Sheriff's Office by clicking here.