To help ensure the safety of our Texarkana Texas Police Department officers, we will soon see a change from the “peaked cap” uniform hat to a “cowboy hat” style hat. The brim of the cowboy hat will offer much-needed protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Chief Kevin Schutte announces that there will be a new look for our police officers very soon.
The police department provides all uniforms and equipment for our officers, including body armor, body worn cameras, and other safety equipment. However, while considering protective equipment, we realized we were not providing adequate protection from the sun and adverse weather conditions in which the officers normally work.
We have worn the “peaked cap” uniform hat for decades. While this hat style has been traditionally worn by municipal police agencies across the country, it fails to meet the practical needs of the officers on the street. As a result, its use has become primarily ceremonial. We decided to explore uniform hat options that would provide protection from the sun’s harmful effects and still maintain the professional image of the men and women of the department. Having ultimately been given a choice of three different hat options to introduce to the department’s uniform, the officers voted overwhelmingly to adopt a western style hat.
Chief Schutte said, “We worked collaboratively with a company to create our new hat that would provide the protection needed – while continuing to maintain a professional image in the community and embracing our positioning as the gateway into the Great State of Texas. We are very pleased with the result.”
You’ll start to see our officers wearing the new hat in the next few weeks.