Patrol Lt. Ty Downing displays the new utility uniform worn by Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies while standing outside department headquarters on Oct. 1, 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo Submitted)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Deputies at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office are sporting a new appearance.
They are now wearing a new green utility uniform representing the traditional sheriff’s color with more than $10,000 savings alone for 75 patrol officers, Sheriff Robert Arnold announced Thursday in a press release.
“Green and tan are the colors of the Tennessee Sheriffs Association,” Arnold said. “The reason we decided to go with the new utility uniform is that it is a cost savings, more durable, and presents a more professional appearance.
Capt. Steve Spence said the old uniforms were easy to snag and tear.
“The new uniforms are made of a rip stock type material that will withstand the environment of rural areas such as foot pursuits,” Spence said. “The uniforms are made of a stronger material, similar to military wear, and are more durable and last longer.”
Badges and names are monogrammed on each uniform. Deputies received new uniforms three years ago other than those already replaced due to wear.
Used uniforms will be worn by school resource officers and donated to the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department.
Deputies assigned to civil and criminal warrants, as well as the Rutherford County Detention Center in Murfreesboro, are wearing the same green utility uniform, while booking deputies are wearing green and tan uniforms.
Meanwhile, deputies assigned to court security and transport will wear the everyday, traditional uniforms.
The command staff will wear a traditional uniform of a tan shirt and green pants made of poly wool that will be more durable as well, according to department officials.
All of the uniforms are made in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., according to officials with the department.
“We are supporting the economy of the state of Tennessee by using traditional uniforms manufactured by state residents employed by Southeastern Shirt Corp. in Tennessee,” Arnold said.