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Arbitrator To Decide Phoenix Polyester Uniform Dispute

October 24, 2012  | 

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An arbitrator will hear a grievance from the Phoenix Police Department's patrol union objecting to a new uniform policy requiring more formal, polyester uniforms.

Chief Daniel Garcia, who came on board in May, banned "Class D" black uniforms that some of the department's 2,500 patrol officers have worn for 15 years. As of Oct. 1, patrol officers can no longer wear the more comfortable polo-style top and cargo-style pants.

Following a one-day hearing, an arbitrator will issue a ruling in the next few months, reports the Arizona Republic.

Related:

Phoenix Officers Protest Order to Wear Polyester Uniforms

Tags: Uniforms, Phoenix PD, Police Chiefs


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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/25/2012 11:56 PM

I hope the officers win. My agency had tried polyester uniform shirts for a short while and thankfully the administration agreed they were too hot and held moisture against the body especially while wearing body armor. The other major down side to polyester is that it is highly flammable and melts to your skin as it burns, kind of like napalm. Polyester uniform shirts are extremely dangerous and it is obvious the person enacting this rule was not going to actually wear this shirt himself. A some point you would think Administrators would learn from previous mistakes but they don't. In a hot climate like Phoenix you would think polyester would be an obvious bad choice but I have found some administrators have no real intellect to begin with.

Martyb @ 10/29/2012 11:58 AM

The other down side to Polyester is that it's COLD during the winter! Don't forget it gets cold in Phoenix in the winter!

Polyester also snags easily (ie: brushing up against any type of fencing material or stucco or wood sided houses) and pills badly. This makes it begin to look unsightly after just a short time.

About the ONLY thing that is nice about Polyester is that it's pretty easy to wash blood out of. (Cold waster and every day household Hydrogen Peroxide).

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