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Outfitting the Officer

From uniform shirts, to duty jackets, to tactical pants and polos, you need a fairly well stocked closet to report for duty.

July 01, 2008  |  by - Also by this author


5.11 Tactical

First known for its multi-pocket pants, 5.11 Tactical now makes a full line of clothing for law enforcement, including A-class and B-class shirts and trousers for men and women.

Built with all of the same features and performance as 5.11 Tactical's A-Class Shirt, the company's poly-rayon B-Class shirt features the addition of a patented hidden document pocket for added functionality. Like the A-Class, this shirt is triple-needle tailored, features permanent military creases, and is available in short- and long-sleeve versions. The B-Class short-sleeve shirt features a spread collar and the long-sleeve has double-layered elbows. The poly-rayon shirt fabric has a Teflon finish to help prevent stains. Shirts are available in eight colors. Also available in poly-wool blend

Designed to be a comfortable and professional pant, the 5.11 A-Class Pant features permanent military creases, a gripper waistband shirt stay, and diamond-gusseted crotch. Pants are Teflon-treated for stain resistance and feature a self-adjusting comfort waist (not a tunnel waist). 5.11 poly/rayon pant material is a 7.4-ounce, 65-percent polyester/35-percent rayon twill weave and has the same soft, comfortable feel and durability as the shirt. It also features Teflon treatment.

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Elbeco's Prestige Advance wear line is designed for law enforcement and public service officers. Originally developed for the U.S. Navy by Cleyn & Tinker, the uniform material combines premium, long staple stretch wool for comfort and the finest manmade fiber technology for strength and durability. The machine-washable garments include uniform trousers and short- and long-sleeved shirts, all available in dark navy blue for police, sheriff, and other public safety agencies.

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Fechheimer's CoolMax uniform shirt is made of a 9.5-ounce 65/35 polyester/CoolMax blend. CoolMax channels moisture from the skin through to the surface of the shirt, where it quickly evaporates, keeping you drier and cooler. Features of the shirt include a seven-button placket front with optional concealed zipper, pleated pockets and scalloped pocket flaps with Velcro closures, and sewn-in military creases. It's available in LAPD blue, white, and medium blue.

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The Force

The Force's New Dimension Shirts combine aggressive styling with performance features such as stretch poplin and twill fabrics and Lintrak permanent creases. Added length to sides helps to keep shirts tucked. Due to the poly-cotton fabric blend, these shirts not only perform all year, but are extremely comfortable and easy to maintain.

The New Dimension Trouser and Cargo Trouser offer the same styling and comfort to wear year-round. The New Dimension Trouser features mechanical poly-cotton stretch fabric, Lintrak permanent creases, and Banrol technology in the waistband.

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Liberty's Comfort Zone line of law enforcement uniform shirts and trousers features Coolmax in its fabric. This allows the uniforms to dry up to seven times faster than conventional fabrics to keep you cooler in hot, humid weather and warmer in cold temperatures. Nanotex technology is also incorporated into the uniform fabric for added moisture management. The fabric even protects against ultraviolet sunlight thanks to its UPF 40+ maximum protection.

For added wearability, Liberty's Comfort Zone trousers have a stretch waistband that features 360-degree elastic webbing with silicone beading. And Comfort Zone shirts feature an articulating neck button on the collar band to allow an extra half-inch plus of neck room when needed.

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5.11 Tactical

5.11 Tactical's Aggressor Jacket is a versatile waterproof jacket that does not scream "cop," but provides plenty of weather protection and pockets for gear. It's also long enough to conceal a handgun.

The Aggressor features a zip-out fleece liner and full-length side zippers that allow easy access to your duty weapon or off-duty gun. It also has concealed ID pullouts on the chest and back, concealed discreet carry pockets on the chest and right rear hip, and a two-way main zipper.

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The BlackHawk Generation III L5 is the fifth layer of the extreme climate system fielded by the Army. Waterproofing in the Gen III L5 is provided by Epic fabric from Nextec, in which every thread fiber is encapsulated in silicone. This means the material is waterproof for the life of the fabric, is very pliable, and quiet.

Features include a convenient hood stashed in the collar, armpit zippers that vent heat, and a Velcro storm flap on the main zipper. To keep out the rain, the Gen III has a waist drawstring and a snap at the bottom of the zipper. Velcro strips on the chest and slant sleeve pockets allow for easy ID attachment. Two chest pockets zipper shut and are easy to access under a raid vest. The Gen III is available in ACU Camo, black, or foliage green.

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Elbeco's Meridian is a versatile bomber-style jacket. It can be a raincoat because it has a water-resistant outer shell with extra water-resistant material in the shoulders and front panels. A Thinsulate zip-out liner with zip-off sleeves adds to the utility of the jacket.

Velcro attachment points for pull-down identification panels on the front and rear of the jacket can match the color of the jacket or you can order them in Hi Viz with reflective lettering. The jacket fits just above the duty belt for easy access to gear, and for better access to weapons there are side zippers. The jacket also features small pockets behind the primary pockets for secure carry of smaller items.

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The Justice Jacket from Fechheimer is not just water repellent, but also wind, stain, and abrasion resistant. Its outershell of 5.4-ounce nylon and spandex provides protection and stretchable comfort.

A mandarin collar with soft brush lining and storm flap behind the front zipper help keep water out, as does an adjustable hem drawcord at the waist. Epaulets have a snap closure. Coil sideseam zippered openings have snap-secured closures for easy access to equipment.

Upper napoleon vertical pockets provide more room for your equipment, cell phone, mini flashlight, or documents. Gusseted underarms provide unrestricted mobility, while adjustable cuff tabs with Velcro closure let you keep water out of your sleeves or leave them looser for comfort in sunnier weather.

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