Rockdale deputies will soon be wearing a new look as they carry out the business of keeping the county safe with new uniforms that will be gradually incorporated into the wardrobe.
For a few months now, several deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office have been testing and evaluating potential new uniforms. Testing and evaluation was completed last month and the RCSO will now begin transitioning away from the tan shirt and brown pants to a new gray shirt and black pants.
“Our new uniforms have a modern look, are more comfortable, and will ultimately bring down uniform costs due to their durability,” said Sheriff Eric Levett. “We tested a number of uniforms before making a decision because we wanted to give the deputies something that looked professional and would hold up. Before the decision to transition to the new uniform was finalized, a departmental survey was conducted to get feedback from the deputies. The final uniform received a 90 percent positive feedback response."
The new uniforms are designed for enhanced durability and have technical features that were identified through years of research and development through feedback from law enforcement officers. The uniforms are specifically designed for the rigorous wear and tear of the job, which is expected to reduce overall replacement expenses that were problematic with the inferior quality of the previous tan and brown uniforms.The highlighted feature of the new uniform manufactured by Blauer is the SuperShirt, which is considered to be the best tactical shirt available to law enforcement and has a number of unique features specifically designed for law enforcement needs. One such feature is the stretch nylon mesh side panels, which provide advanced breathability to help keep deputies cool while wearing all of the required gear and equipment.
Newly hired deputies will be outfitted with the new uniforms. Current deputies will be outfitted with the new uniforms as their current uniforms wear out and are replaced. In order to reduce expenses associated with the transition, the uniforms will be phased in over the course of the next year.