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Very soon, Galveston residents and visitors will notice a significant change in the appearance of their Island’s police department. Starting May 1st, the Galveston Police Department will be changing its daily operational uniform from the familiar light blue shirts to an all dark navy look. All police officers will wear this new one-color uniform in the field.
The switch over to an all-dark-navy configuration was brought about in part by the features that the new uniforms offer. The new look provides officers a safer and more comfortable option for daily wear. These uniforms use advanced synthetic fabrics, coupled with a ballistic vest that is worn on the outside of the uniform to help keep officers cool during the hot south Texas weather. The new body armor also provides increased ballistic protection, accessibility, and rescue options should they be needed.
The new system appears to the public as if it were a regular uniform shirt, maintaining professionalism while offering far superior heat release and range of motion. Officers and command staff highly anticipate the switch.
As the oldest police department in the state, the Galveston Police Department is heavily rooted in tradition, and as such, they will still continue to use the light blue shirts as a “Class A” ceremonial uniform to be worn at graduations, award ceremonies, and the like.
“As ballistic technology and materials evolve we strive to provide the best equipment available to our officers.” said Chief Vernon Hale. “These uniforms combine safety, appearance and comfort for the officers of the Galveston Police Department and better equip them to serve our residents and our visitors.”
The department has put together a video to help display these uniforms so residents can get acquainted with the new attire GPD will wearing beginning on May 1st. You can view it on the department’s website at www.galvestontx.gov/police.