Stafford Township Police Department
Continuing the path laid out by now retired Chief Larry Parker, this 57-member agency places the emphasis on the physical fitness and appearance of its officers. “They are well-known for the tremendous amount of pride they have in their appearance,” commented Bruce Klein, vice president of Stafford Township’s uniform supplier, Red the Uniform Tailor (RTUT). “When a department transitions to another chief, there is often a redesign of the uniform program, but this department was adamant in maintaining the polished look begun so long ago under Chief Parker.”
Physical fitness is not just a tag line—it is a way of life for officers. They are given time daily to work out at the in-house facility or local fitness centers. Both appearance and physical fitness are measured and counted toward promotion. “It is said that a person has only one opportunity to make a good first impression,” noted current Chief Thomas Conroy. “We take full advantage of this each and every time a Stafford officer interacts with the public.”
To keep their uniforms looking top-notch, officers receive $1,500 annually toward replacement items and are provided with free unlimited dry-cleaning services. Inspections occur daily by shift sergeants, weekly by command officers and periodically by the chief of police. Their best-dressed look, supplied for many years by Red the Uniform Tailor, includes a pearl gray Stetson hat and powder blue shirt that is worn with gray tie, and trousers striped with midnight blue. Alboum is the department’s hat manufacturer.