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Cheltenham Township Police Department       
Cheltenham, PA

The Cheltenham Township Police Department (CTPD) is an 86-member agency situated on the northwest border of the city of Philadelphia, in Montgomery County, PA. On Jan. 16, 2006, the CTPD transitioned to a completely new, updated uniform, replacing the wash-and-wear polyester, dark and powder blue outfit worn since the early '70s.

"They had numerous problems with consistency and fit, which is common with off-the-rack programs," noted Michael Bucks, whose company, Red the Uniform Tailor (RTUT), advised and created the department's new uniforms. "They were aware that we supplied neighboring departments, liked what they saw, and approached us to collaborate on their new project."

The result is high-quality outfits that are tailored to fit each officer. The navy blue uniform pant with royal blue sewn-in stripe is made of a 55%/45% poly/wool blend and is offered in two weights:13.5 ounce and 11 ounce. A second pant option, a favorite of officers, has a custom-made, user friendly cargo pocket on each pant leg, replacing the stripe. The navy blue shirt is offered in the same two weights as the pants, and features sewn-in zippers, reinforced buttons and military creases. The shirt's epaulets and pockets are accented with gun-metal buttons. "The chief formed a committee and charged it with researching options and making recommendations," Bucks commented. "The level of satisfaction is increased when officers feel they have input in what they are wearing."

The changeover has resulted in positive community feedback as well as increased officer morale. "We believe that projecting a professional uniform appearance not only results in a better public image but also helps reduce the likelihood that an officer will be assaulted during the course of his or her duties," Sergeant John Slavins said. Other suppliers who worked on the program include Blauer and Alitta by Fechheimer.

Published in Law and Order, Oct 2006

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