Date: November 1, 2017
Have you ever wondered why police and security uniforms are dark colors? Originally police departments in the United States did not wear uniforms. They actually wore the navy blue uniforms that were Army surplus from the Civil War in the 1800s. Until then there wasn’t even an official police force. The first official police force was established in New York in 1845. Once established, they adopted the navy blue uniforms worn by the London Metropolitan Police. The dark color the London Police wore was to distinguish the police from the British military who wore red and white uniforms.
Shortly after New York established the first police force, other cities followed, such as Philadelphia, Boston and Cincinnati. They also decided to wear the dark blue, paramilitary uniform.
Dark colors are easier to keep clean and hide stains that could get on clothing while officers are on duty. Wearing dark colors also makes it harder to see at night when on patrol or looking for suspects.
Although each individual law enforcement agency is responsible for choosing their own uniform design and color, most agencies choose to wear the darker colors such as navy blue, black or navy green.
Weiser Security has several uniform options. We offer the dark blue paramilitary style uniform along with the professional white shirt and blazer.
When we see someone in a sharp, crisp dark uniform with badges and patches, we immediately know who they are and that they are there to protect us.