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Baton Rouge police officers to get new cooler uniforms

2 years 1 week 6 days ago May 14, 2015 May 14, 2015 Thursday, May 14 2015 May 14, 2015 8:58 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- For police officers, wearing a full polyester suit and toting around 40 pounds of gear while wearing a bullet-protective vest has been a recipe for a miserable day at work in the hot, south Louisiana summer.

Baton Rouge Police Department officers will get some relief soon. The style of uniforms they've been wearing for at least 30 years is being replaced.

Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. on Wednesday unveiled a new uniform that will replace the gray shirt and blue pant combination. The new uniforms are a solid dark blue and made of a much lighter, breathable fabric.

The new uniform comes at a cost saving. The former gray and blue uniform cost $149 each, while the new daily wear uniform is $72 each.

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