Dry cleaners may soon see less of Dallas police officers.
The department has unveiled new uniforms that are wash-and-wear, not dry-clean-only as they have been for decades.
"They're extremely utilitarian," said Lt. Kimberly Stratman. "I think they're great."
Members of a crime response team supervised by the lieutenant have been among the first officers to try them. The uniforms are expected to be made available to other officers soon.
The pants have side pockets, the buttons are plastic instead of metal, and the badges are embroidered.
"The badge will not fall off in foot chases and struggles," she said. "The plastic buttons are not as reflective or visible, but they still are very professional-looking."
The uniforms, which come in the same shade of dark blue, are intended for field work. Officers will still be required to wear their dry-clean-only outfits to the office and in court.