WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Police Department announced it is transitioning to new uniforms.
Over the next two years, the current tan uniforms will be replaced with navy blue shirts and pants.
Current tan uniforms can vary widely between officers, with different options available in the winter and summer months. The new uniforms will be available in different fits and materials, allowing officers to find combinations that work well for them. Even with differences, the new uniforms will look the same.
Along with fitting better, the new pants have adjust bale waistbands and cargo pockets, making them more functional. The dark blue will also show less dirt and wear than the tan.
The cost of uniforms is built into the police department's budget, so there will not be any additional cost as officers transition away from tan uniforms.
Some officers have been testing out the new uniforms for a while, and report that citizens have not shown any concern about identifying officers as they move away from the tan color scheme.
All of the tan uniforms should be replaced by March 2019.