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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

The Force

The Special Ops Collection from The Force includes the Tactical Knit Polo, which comes in white, black, dark navy, and silver tan. It features The Force's Dri-Balance Technology for breathability and moisture absorption, a concealed mic loop, and an interlined three-button front placket. Short sleeve and long sleeve versions are available. Sizes range from small to 4XL.

The New Dimension Cargo Pant provides the same features as the line's trouser with additional double-entry cargo pockets on each leg. Available in black, brown, dark navy, and silver tan.

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Hi-Tec Sports (Magnum)

The Stealth Spec Long-Sleeve Shirt, Short-Sleeve Shirt, and Pant have rugged, durable designs built from a high-grade, fade-resistant, wash-and-wear cotton canvas that feature sanitized anti-microbial protection and Rayosan SPF 40 sun protection coating. All garments are NFPA-approved. All Magnum tactical apparel is backed by a six-month no-fade guarantee. Magnum guarantees its tactical apparel will not fade more than three shades from the original garment color as a result of normal wear and tear within six months from date of purchase.

Shirts feature 6.5-ounce pre-washed cotton canvas, Arkofix non-iron treatment, and a hidden "cuff key" pocket in the shirt bottom. Pants feature 8.5-ounce pre-washed cotton canvas, six Velcro-secured bellowed patch pockets, two hidden key pockets, and a knee pad pocket.

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Propper's TAC.U (Tactical Uniform) for law enforcement is based on the Army Combat Uniform (ACU). The Propper Tactical Uniform is durable, will wear better, and will look better longer because it is 65 percent polyester/35 percent cotton vs. the 50 percent nylon/50 percent cotton construction of the ACU.

The TAC.U pants, unlike the ACU pants, feature Propper's gripper waistband. This keeps the uniform shirt tucked in and looking good. It also aids in keeping your pants up, which can be an issue when wearing a loaded down duty belt. The TAC.U pants also feature a convenient zipper fly vs. the more traditional button fly on the ACUs.

The TAC.U jacket differs from its ACU sibling in very minor but helpful ways. It's longer so it stays tucked in. This can also aid in concealing items on your belt should the need arise. For comfort, the back of the TAC.U jacket is vented, which allows for a greater range of motion without binding. And while it might seem like a minor thing, the left forearm has pen pockets, so you can keep a writing implement close at hand even when wearing a raid vest or body armor.

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Constructed of a Spandex/cotton blend, the SigTac pants and shorts are very comfortable and have a lot of give. Taped seams eliminate rough edges that can rub against your legs and backside. Comfort is just one benefit that the wearer gains from SigTac's Spandex/cotton construction. The material is also rip-stop, so it won't tear if you catch on a nail, door handle, or other object.

The rear pockets have button-close flaps to keep your wallet and whatever else you put in them secure and safe. The bellows thigh pockets have zippers to allow easy access when seated or kneeling, or you can access them from the top through the snap closure flaps. These pockets also have hidden Velcro-closed pockets suitable for carrying a small knife or pens.

Another great feature on the SigTac pants is the design of the belt loops. The loops on these pants are sized to accept larger belts and the side loops generally don't interfere with placement of a paddle, pancake, or channel loop holster.

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TruSpec by Atlanco

Atlanco's TruSpec line includes its new 24-7 pants and polos as well as the TRU (Tactical Response Uniform).

Designed to be comfortable, functional, and versatile, TruSpec's 24-7 pants look nice and don't attract a lot of "I'm a cop" attention. Their design is more understated than tactical pants, yet they provide secure storage for gear. Constructed of durable 8.5-ounce 100-percent cotton canvas, TruSpec's 24-7 pants look more like khakis with some extra pockets, making them suitable for wear on and off duty.

24-7 pants and coordinated polo-style shirts are available in a wide range of sizes and in four colors: khaki, olive drab, coyote, and black. Just like the Army's ACU, Atlanco's

TruSpec TRU is rugged, functional, and ready for duty. The TRU shares the heritage of the issue ACUs right down to the button fly and drawstring waistband on the pants and the pen pocket on the left sleeve of the shirt. The TRU shirt features a Mandarin-style collar that lies flat when you fold it back and when unfolded protects your neck from being rubbed by a tactical/raid vest. Each sleeve of the TRU shirt has a Velcro-covered pocket for ID attachment.

The TRU pants pockets are closed with heavy-duty Velcro and lay flat, reducing the odds that they will catch on anything. The thigh pockets have an interior pocket to secure small items, and each leg has a handy lower calf pocket.

Tru-Spec offers the TRU in a wide range of colors: black, navy, olive, khaki, woodland, three colors of desert, and now Multicam. Solid colors are made from 65/35 polyester-cotton rip stop and the camo patterns are 50/50 nylon-cotton rip stop.

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Under Armour

Under Armour's AllSeasonGear Tactical Covert Ops line provides durable uniform alternatives for officers in tactical units as well as those in special details that don't require traditional blues.

The company's AllSeasonGear Tactical Covert Ops Shirt is made of stretch woven PolyArmour for durable moisture transport and uses ultra-lightweight, ultra-quiet Under Armour technology. Two mesh-lined chest cargo pockets with Velcro closure and a hidden zippered napoleon pocket under the covered placket provide convenient storage space. Mesh-lined underarm vents help move air to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable. The shirt is anti-microbial treated for odor-free performance and UPF 30+ treated for protection from harmful sunrays. Available in black, white, desert sand, Marine OD green, and dark navy blue.

Made of 100-percent Nylour, Under Armour's AllSeasonGear Gen II Tactical

Pant is extremely durable and lightweight. Better yet, its micro-grid ripstop fabric resists tearing while moving moisture away from the skin for quick-drying performance.

A seven-pocket design includes two zippered back pockets, two side stash pockets, two Velcro cargo pockets with hidden zippered napoleon pocket on left leg. Inner-leg gusset, back-yoke, and knee Nylour stretch panels enhance mobility. Articulated legs make for a better fit that moves with you.

Additional features include a plastic utility D-ring that provides front-hanging storage, UPF 30+ protection, and a 6.5-inch zip fly with single snap-button outer closure and inside toggle button for extra-secure fit. Available in black, desert sand, Marine OD green, and dark navy blue to coordinate with the Covert Ops Shirt.

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Hunting apparel and military uniform manufacturer Woolrich is now making a line of tactical clothing, including long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, cargo pants, cargo shorts, vests, hats, gloves, and even socks. The shirts are constructed of 100-percent cotton poplin and feature epaulets, venting, and ultra-violet protection with a UPF of 30. Woolrich's new Elite Cargo Pants and shorts are constructed of 100-percent cotton canvas, and they feature numerous pockets, including a rear wallet pocket, reinforced belt loops, and Teflon stain resistance.

Woolrich's Elite Tactical Pants have a partially elasticized waist for comfort. Its pockets are placed to allow easy access when the wearer has a sidearm in a concealed carry or tactical thigh holster. There are also front thigh pockets that will hold any handgun magazine or a 20-round AR-15 magazine, and the belt loops will accommodate a two-inch belt. Elite Tactical Pants are available in standard cotton canvas or lightweight poly/cotton ripstop fabric and in black, sage, and khaki.

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