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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.

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October 06, 2013 at 9:02am
More smoke and mirrors by our current Sheriff. This did not save our citizens a single tax dollar. In fact it has cost us $130,000.00 unnecessary tax dollars. When Arnold first took office he had to make sure that he changed uniforms to make it his department. So he threw away hundreds of perfectly good new uniforms that had been worn by our deputies for decades. He bought an all navy uniform that was made in Mexico that cost us $60,000.00 tax dollars that was unnecessary. He then didn't like that patch that was on that uniform, so spent another $10,000.00 on new patches for the new uniforms, but they didn't turn out like he wanted them to so he never used them. In fact they are used as coffee coasters and is a running JOKE at the Sheriff's Office. Now he says that the navy blue uniforms that he went to Mexico to buy are now falling apart and need replaced just after 2 years. This is incompetence on Arnolds part! He is now spending another $60,000.00 on new uniforms so that they match the colors of the National Sheriff's Association. It is time for a change of Leadership who will be a good steward of the citizens tax dollars. I promise to you that I will not be careless with your money. I will have a zero based budget that will account for every penny on the front end of the budget and not waste money on frivolous items that our current Sheriff spends money on. There is only one clear choice for Sheriff in 2014 and that is Bill Kennedy for Sheriff 2014.
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