New Dallas police uniforms are wash-and-wear

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by By STEVE THOMPSON / The Dallas Morning News stevethompson@dallasnews.com

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:48 AM

Dry cleaners may soon see less of Dallas police officers.

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Senior Cpl. Jessica Fortier wears the new uniform, which features embroidered badges. Officer Rick Parlier (right) has yet to wear it. The new wash-and-wear attire is meant for field work.

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.

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