Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Transitions to New Uniform and Patch on May 1.
After more than 60 years of wearing the same uniform; with few changes, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office will be wearing a different look starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. The change will not only modernize the look of the agency, but will also be a cost savings to taxpayers.
Deputies have been wearing a medium blue shirt and striped pants, but will go to an all-black uniform. The new patch will now reflect Arapahoe County's history as the first Sheriff’s Office in the state and will also include the rank of each deputy. The new uniform will give deputies a more recognizable look as law enforcement personnel, and a look that is consistent with other agencies in the area.
The new shirts have built-in reflective features that can be exposed for safety when necessary. The old pants were hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and were inflexible and uncomfortable for the active work deputies are doing up to 12 hours each day. The new pants are flexible and durable, ensuring comfort and creating longer wear time.
Overall, between the costs of the new uniforms and changes in the volume of uniform items ordered, the cost savings will be approximately $167 per sworn employee over the long-term. That savings adds up for 485 commissioned deputies. Additionally, fewer uniforms will be issued to deputies generally
assigned to administrative positions, such as investigators.
The bulk of the savings comes from selecting a common uniform color. The shirts for the current uniform are custom-dyed. Not only has the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office paid for the color, they also have to pay a stocking fee to the supplier to maintain adequate stock. This will no longer be the case. The Sheriff’s Office used its uniform budget from 2015 and 2016 to fund the initial uniform transition so there are no negative budget impacts for the change.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputies will wear the new uniform and patch with pride and look forward to continuing their great service to the community as they head into the next 60 years.
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