May 22, 2019–7:54 a.m.
If you pay close attention you may notice Calhoun Police Officers have a new look.
Starting this week, officers began to transition into a new more user-friendly uniform.
The current uniform for day watch officers are Class A (dress uniforms) and night watch officers wear BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniforms).
“When I took over as Chief in July of 2018 one of my goals was to change our look so every officer, day and night watch would be uninformed in appearance. I elected to wait until our annual uniform allowance came around so this transition would not add any extra cost to the taxpayers of Calhoun,” Chief Tony Pyle said.
The new Uniform will closely resemble the Class A uniform currently worn by day watch but is designed to be cooler and more durable than the current polyester uniforms.
“While I like the fact that the new uniform is more suitable for the job, my main reason for wanting the change is to move away from the para-military look of the BDU’s,” Chief Pyle added. “I do not like the fact that our officers are wearing a uniform that by its very name, as well as appearance indicates a military presence. While I have the utmost respect for our armed forces, I believe the men and women that patrol our community should look like police officers, not soldiers.”