By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -
Some deputies in Clay County can now move around easier, and they'll be more comfortable doing it.
Residents may have noticed the sheriff's deputies look a little different these days. That is because they've received new uniforms, and they said the move is already paying off.
"Going to the new uniform offers the deputies a working uniform," Lt. Will Akin said.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office decided to try something new this month. They launched a pilot program allowing some deputies to ditch their old heavy, more restrictive uniforms for a new lighter-weight one.
"You've got a lot more flexibility. It's going to be easier to run in," deputy Dustin Fisher said.
Fisher has been wearing the new gear for a few weeks and loves it.
However, for deputy Benjamin Dorsey, he is still stuck in the old gear and with warmer weather right around the corner, he is hoping to make the switch soon.
"They don't breathe as easy. We have to get these dry cleaned and when you start sweating it gives off a chemical smell as way," Dorsey said.
But supporters of the change said comfort isn't the only upgrade. The old uniforms cost about $200, and the new ones cost about half that.
And since deputies have to buy and maintain their own clothing, they won't be nearly as worried about damaging them if they have to chase a suspect.
And with such high praise already, the sheriff is considering allowing all his deputies to eventually make the change.
Akin said another benefit of the new uniforms is they are made right up the road in Kearney, helping to keep all the money in the local economy.
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