Police to receive new uniforms, duty belts

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Police officers will be getting new uniforms and duty belts.

The Flint Township Board of Supervisors voted Monday to approve the purchase of three pairs of pants, two long-sleeved shirts, two short-sleeved shirts and a duty belt for each officer at a cost of $28,548.45.

Police Chief Kevin Salter said the officers have worn the same type of uniform and duty belt for more than 20 years. He said the fabric of the current uniforms are not flexible or breathable, and the duty belt is stiff and inflexible. Officers move in out of their patrol vehicles, searching cars, tracking individuals, jumping over fences and running, and Salter said they need uniforms and belts that are more comfortable.

Over a two-month period, two brands of uniforms and duty belts – Blauer and 511 — were tested by officers. Both uniforms tested well, and the 511 duty belt received the best evaluations. Salter recommended purchasing the Blauer uniforms from Allie Brothers Uniforms for $16,621.20 and the 511 duty belt from CMP Distributors for $11,927.25.

Salter said funds are available in the 2019 budget to cover the expense.