Okay, I tried. I gave it a long time and really tried to like the new look of the Cincinnati Police Department Uniforms. I tried, and I failed. It is not that I do not like change. I embrace change, when change is needed. But changing the Cincinnati Police Department uniforms was not needed. It was done for the sake of former Police Chief James E. Craig. James Craig spent most of his police career in Los Angeles. He was familiar with the Los Angeles Police Department. In order to feel at home in Cincinnati he set about changing the Cincinnati Police Department to be modeled after the LAPD including changing the names of Bureaus and Sections and changing the uniform. I am sure he was successful in making himself more at home, but in the process, he made everybody else strangers. Instead of him embracing the Cincinnati Police Tradition, he abandoned tradition and made CPD look and feel like LAPD.
The thing is, there was really no good reason to change the uniform.l The traditional uniform of blue pants, white shirt, and white hat has served the department and the community well for over seventy years. It would quickly identify a police officer to a citizen or another officer. The uniform would stand out in a crowd and left no doubt that the person you were seeing was a Cincinnati Police Officer. This ability to quickly identify was of great comfort to any officer needing help who was awash in a sea of tank tops and wife beater t-shirts. additionally The uniform is no longer uniform. Five officers can be standing in a group and each is dresses slightly different. That is not uniform.
It has been said that the white hats and white shirts make easy targets. To my knowledge this has never been proven. It would probably work both ways. In a dark building or at night, the white shirt would stand out. In bright light or a well-lit building, the black shirt would stand out. That argument holds no water. But that brings me to my final point. Many good men died while wearing the uniform of a Cincinnati Police Officer. And many were laid to eternal rest in the uniform. So today to say the uniform is no longer a symbol of the heroics of these officers is to trample on their graves. I think this effect of the uniform change bothers me more than anything else.
Those are my thoughts, what are yours?
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