Troopers with Fashion SenseOctober 24th, 2007 by josh farley
Next time you get stopped by a state trooper, be sure to compliment him or her on that award-winning bow tie and “Smokey Bear” hat.
The Washington State Patrol was voted the “best dressed” state law enforcement agency in the country by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors, an organization that claims to be “The voice of the uniform industry since 1933.”
A story by the Associated Press says the agency has been runner-up for a few years, but this time, they got the top nod.
Here’s the story’s take on the uniforms:
“Judges were impressed by the Washington troopers’ formal uniform, which includes the black bow tie on a long-sleeved blue shirt, with darker blue pocket flaps, epaulets and cuffs.
Matching blue pants sport a dark blue stripe down the side, and the peaked, flat-brimmed dark blue felt cap tops it all off.
There are several variations of a Washington trooper’s uniform, depending on duty, and many don’t wear the formal bow tie in day-to-day service.”
And what about our other law enforcement agencies? Well, here’s a blog I wrote about what they wear.
And, if you do get a chance to compliment a state trooper … well, it probably won’t get you out of a ticket, but who knows?