Sheriff's office gets new uniforms

Cpl. Richard Balsley dons one of the new uniforms Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will adopt Jan. 2.

Green is the new brown as Frederick County Sheriff’s Office switches to a new uniform starting Jan. 2.

The new uniform features a long or short sleeve olive green polo shirt with the FCSO badge on the left side of the chest, according to a sheriff’s office statement. The right side of the chest will bear the deputy’s name and rank, for those ranked corporal or higher. “Sheriff” is printed in reflective lettering on the shirt’s back and sleeves. Deputies will wear “coyote-colored” tactical pants and coyote-colored boots.

The old uniform consisted of a dark brown shirt, light brown pants and black boots.

The transition started in April when deputies could not get their uniforms dry cleaned due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Although I’ve always favored the traditional uniform look, the need to make a transition presented itself and deputies were temporarily approved to wear the tan tactical pants and black polo shirts typically worn for special assignments and events,” Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said in the statement.

Over the last eight months, Jenkins felt the “less formal attire looked just as sharp” as the old uniform and was much easier to clean. The tactical pants and polo shirts are “practical, functional, comfortable, and much more durable for daily wear,” according to the sheriff’s office.

About 185 officers will transition to the new uniform — the first uniform change for the sheriff’s office in several decades.

Jenkins feels the uniform may also come across as less intimidating, too.

“I really believe you can argue that the new look may be slightly less intimidating to the general public and presents just as well,” Jenkins said. “Other huge benefits to this change, now and long term, include the tremendous cost savings in issuing and replacing the uniform and associated dry cleaning.”

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(7) comments

msmith6276

Could they have found a worse fitting pair of pants for this photo?

TomWheatley

Maybe going for the urban sagging pants look?

The inseam does look to be several inches too long or maybe the weight of everything on the belt is dragging them down. Other than, the uniform looks nice.

Piedmontgardener

True story, I have gardening pants that look better.

C.D.Reid

I never felt intimidated by the old uniform. In fact, I would often approach deputies when I would see them, whether in or outside of their car, shake their hand and thank them for the excellent job they, and the FCSO, do every day. I guess not being intimidated by them is an expression of my "white privilege," and not because I don't break the law.....

marinick1

[smile][smile][thumbup][thumbup]C.D.Reid

bnick467

"Coyote colored" pants and boots? As in "Wile. E. Coyote"?

public-redux

My favorite clothing color description is “olive hue”.

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