The Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT team is getting new uniforms to minimize the perception of a "militarized" look.
The police department said they will not eliminate any necessary equipment but will just change the color from military green to dark navy blue, which the department says is more consistent with traditional police uniform and equipment colors. NYPD and LAPD tactical teams wear dark navy blue.
Police department officials say they made the change after community members both locally and nationally voiced concerns about the militarized look of the SWAT team. They say the SWAT team is not a military unit and is not trained by the military, so they want to help change that perception, KTSP TV reports.