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The NAUMD 2011 Best Dressed Public Safety Awards

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) announced the winners of its Public Safety Awards competition in Orlando this May. As uniforms are an integral component of any public safety program, the awards emphasize the importance of professional, neat, innovative and functional designs. 

WINNER Over 50 Officers

Flying Cross by Fechheimer

for Connecticut State Police

The goal for the Connecticut State Police is to teach its officers about the history, importance and pride associated with wearing their uniform. Recruits are encouraged to emulate the professional appearance of instructors, and they are reminded that a professional appearance breeds a professional attitude. Uniforms are purchased and cleaned by the department to enforce this idea. Officers’ uniforms are inspected daily. 

WINNER Sheriff’s Deptartment
United Uniform Co. for Monroe County, N.Y. Sheriff and County Police

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office likes to maintain an inventory of uniforms and equipment on hand to be able to provide its employees with the products they need to ensure the success of the agency. The recent changing of perceptions of the use of uniforms (performance versus traditionalism) was a challenge. The goal was to find uniforms that offer comfort and safety as well as a professional appearance. 

WINNER Under 50 Officers
Hess Embroidery & Uniforms for Wyomissing, Pa. Police Department

The Wyomissing Police Department invests yearly into its uniform program. Daily inspections encourage officers to look their best and help determine when an item needs to be replaced. The uniforms offer performance and comfort in a professional package. Also, they are eco-responsible—the polyester used is made from REPREVE recycled yarns, which are made from plastic bottles diverted from the environment. 

WINNER Canadian Department
Freed and Freed Int. Ltd. for Royal Canadian Mounted Police / Gendarmerie Royale du Canada

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police works together with Freed and Freed to develop the specifications for its uniforms. Continuous testing on fabrics is conducted, as well as field testing with officers. Also, there is an in-house tailor shop to help ensure all the uniforms are custom fit. Uniform inspections are conducted every time officers appear in parades or other public events. 

WINNER University State Department
Gall’s an Aramark Co. for University of Kentucky Police Department

The University of Kentucky Police Department encourages its officers to portray the most professional image they can to reflect the caliber of institution that the university has become. Officers are told they are ambassadors to the general public and must reflect a professional appearance. The department’s goal was to find a uniform that was both professional and modern to reflect a university department. 

WINNER Specialized Unit
Gall’s an Aramark Co. for Kentucky State Police Honor Guard

The Kentucky State Police Honor Guard places high expectations on its members as they represent the agency in non-traditional ceremonial functions. The appearance of the honor guard is a paramount concern to the Kentucky State Police. They are expected to represent the agency in public. The Kentucky State Police Honor Guard received the 2010 National Honor Guard’s First Place for Best in Uniform Inspection. 

WINNER Public Safety
Red the Uniform Tailor for Gwinnett County, Ga. Fire Department

The Gwinnett County Fire & Emergency Services wanted to upgrade its image to a more professional, form-fitted looking uniform that includes the redesign of its honor guard patch and badge. It didn’t want to blend in with the surrounding agencies’ uniforms but instead wanted to stand out. The unit found it challenging to find a design that met all its desires for improvement but is very happy with the results. 

Published in Law and Order, May 2011

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