COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Officers in Coventry received an early Christmas present on Monday.
According to the Coventry Police Department’s Facebook page, officers are now sporting brand-new uniforms featuring a newly designed black and gray patch.
Colonel John MacDonald said in the post that the new uniforms were part of a five-year strategic pla to better the department.
“There were many issues with our gray wool uniforms, which were in dire need of an upgrade,” MacDonald said.
MacDonald said as of April 2018, the department had spoken with 22 vendors and reviewed numerous options for new uniforms. He said despite their best efforts, they could not find a vendor who would continue the department’s tradition of wearing a gray uniform.
“During this lengthy process, we had several officers wear test several different uniforms for hundreds of hours on the road, our officers concluded that the pictured uniform was the best option for patrols officers,” MacDonald explained. “Our patrol officers are reporting that this new uniform is much better suited to patrol work and they are pleased with the change.”
MacDonald said the new uniforms come at no cost to the town, and are being paid for through asset forfeiture funding.
“It gives me great pride to see this comprehensive project come to fruition in support of our officers who deserve the best equipment we can provide them,” he said.