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TO SERVE WITH COMPASSION

3-100 Personal Appearance and Uniforms

 

3-101          PERSONAL APPEARANCE POLICY (02/08/02) (12/15/09)
(A-D)
The MPD has established a standard of uniform appearance for the safety of officers and to project a positive, professional image to the public.
 
Employees shall wear the appropriate clothing or uniform for their assignment, be well groomed and exhibit a professional appearance while performing their official duties. Clothing and grooming shall be appropriate for a business environment. (08/20/15)
 
Clothing, uniforms and equipment will be selected and authorized taking into consideration safety, versatility, durability, compatibility, appearance and tradition. Only authorized clothing, uniforms and equipment shall be worn.
 
 
3-101.01     PERSONAL APPEARANCE POLICY – SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY (12/15/09)
(A-D)
It is the responsibility of all supervisors on a daily basis to ensure the grooming and dress standards are upheld. Supervisors shall be responsible for required monthly inspections of all uniforms. (08/20/15)
 
 
3-102          OFFICIAL CHANGES TO UNIFORM POLICY (12/15/09)
 
Only the Chief of Police may approve a uniform change or addition to employee uniform requirements without approval of the appropriate Uniform Committee.
 
 
3-103          PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE STANDARDS (12/15/09) (06/27/14)
(A-D)
A.    Employee hairstyle and grooming standards:
 
1.       All employees will keep their hair clean, neatly trimmed and well-groomed. Employees’ hair shall always present a professional image.
 
2.       Dyed, tinted or bleached hair must be within a naturally occurring color range and must be professional in appearance. For purposes of this policy, naturally occurring color range does not include unique hair colors such as pink,blue, purple or green.
 
3.       Hair shall be maintained so that when a basic cap is worn, the hair does not detract from a neat, professional appearance or interfere with any specialized equipment or employee safety and effectiveness.
 
4.       Wigs and hairpieces may be worn provided they comply with MPD regulations.
 
5.       Employees may be temporarily excused from these hair and grooming regulations while assigned to a special detail or assignment. However, such employees will again comply with these regulations once the special detail or  assignment is completed or whenever wearing the official uniform.
 
6.       Precinct/Division Commanders may consider and approve accommodations to this standard on a case by case basis. Such accommodations may be granted in cases where the employee demonstrates a religious or medical reason for accommodation. In such instances, the employee shall submit the request for accommodation to his/her immediate supervisor. The supervisor shall forward the request through the chain-of-command for review. The Commander approving or denying shall forward a dated and signed copy of the request to Research & Policy Development for placement in the employee’s personnel file. (08/20/15)
 
B.       Specific Sworn Employee Male Standards:
 
1.       Mustaches shall be neatly trimmed and shall not extend below the corners of the mouth.
 
2.       Sideburns shall not extend beyond a point even with the bottom of the ear lobe. They shall be neat, trimmed and extend in a clean-shaven horizontal line. Sideburns shall not protrude forward more than one inch from the front of the ear.
 
3.       Beards and goatees are not permitted for sworn employees whose permanent assignment requires them to wear the MPD uniform or work off-duty in MPD uniform.
 
4.       Non-uniform civilian employee may have beards, however, the beards must be neatly trimmed.
 
 
3-104          JEWELRY (02/08/02) (12/15/09)
(A-D)
A.     Employees may wear jewelry that is clean, neat and of a style that presents a professional appearance and that is consistent with the type of assignment and duty performed. Jewelry that represents a safety hazard or interferes with the performance of one’s job is not allowed.
 
B.     Standards for uniformed employees wearing jewelry:
 
1.        One watch, two rings per hand and a medical alert bracelet are allowed.
 
2.        If worn, neck jewelry shall not be visible.
 
3.        One earring per ear is allowed. Earrings shall be no more than ¼ inch in diameter and are limited to “stud” or “post” type earrings. Earrings shall not extend below the bottom of the ear lobe or have loose or dangling parts.
 
4.        Plugs (used to enlarge the piercing holes in the ear lobes) are prohibited.
 
5.        No tongue studs or visible body piercing (other than as described in #3) shall be worn. (08/20/15)
 
6.         Jewelry or personal ornaments shall not be affixed to any uniform or equipment.
 
7.         No dental accessories (e.g. mouth grills or tooth jewelry) shall be worn unless deemed necessary by a medical or dental professional. (08/20/15)
 
C.     Unit/Division Commanders or their designee may grant an exception to employees when deviation from this policy is appropriate for a specific assignment.
 
 
3-105          HAIR ACCESSORIES – UNIFORMED EMPLOYEES (12/15/09)
(A-D)
Hair accessories may be worn by uniformed female employees.
 
A.      Hair accessories shall be navy blue, brown, black gold, or silver colored.
 
B.      No bows, headbands, beaded decorations or other decorative items may be worn.
 
 
3-106          EYEWEAR – UNIFORMED EMPLOYEES (12/15/09)
(A-D)
A.     Fully-mirrored or iridescent eyeglasses, including sunglasses, are not allowed for uniformed personnel.
 
B.      Eyeglass frames, cords and chains must be navy blue, black, brown, silver or gold.
 
 
3-107          COSMETICS (12/15/09)
(A-D)
Cosmetics may be worn by female employees but shall not detract from a neat, professional appearance.
 
 
3-108          COURT ATTIRE (12/15/09)
(A-D)
All employees representing the MPD in court shall be clean and neat in appearance.
 
A.      Male employees shall wear their uniform, a business suit or a sport coat and tie.
 
B.       Female employees shall wear their uniform, a business suit, dress, or slacks and shirt consistent with business attire.
 
 
3-109          PLAINCLOTHES ATTIRE (12/15/09)
(A-D)
Civilian employees and employees exempt from wearing the specified uniform for their job classification shall wear civilian clothing as directed by their unit/division/bureau commander or unit SOP.
 
 
3-110          UNIFORMS (12/15/09)
(A-D)
A.     Uniform standards:
 
1.       Uniforms shall be kept neat, clean and pressed.
 
2.       Uniforms with holes, tears, or showing obvious signs of wear or repair shall not be worn. Uniforms shall not be patched.
 
3.       The long-sleeve uniform shirt shall be worn with either the authorized uniform tie or authorized mock neck shirt.
 
4.        If an undershirt is worn, it shall not be visible.
 
5.        Leather and metal-wear shall be polished. Cracked, worn-out leather shall be replaced.
 
6.        Authorized MPD uniforms shall not be altered in any way to change their general appearance or function.
 
7.        The only attachments to be worn on the uniform shirt are:
 
  ·            Rank and service insignia
  ·            Badge
  ·            Name plate
  ·            Authorized MPD patch on each sleeve
  ·            Award bars
  ·            MPD-approved pins (e.g. American flag, SWAT pin)
 
8.        The uniform may be worn to and from the employee’s residence and for incidental errands en route.
 
9.        No uniformed employee, while on-duty may carry an umbrella, cane or similar object.
 
10.   Test-wear items approved by the Uniform Committee may be worn for testing purposes.
 
11.    Employees shall be responsible for the maintenance, care and replacement of their respective uniforms.
 
12.    Uniformed employees shall maintain a serviceable uniform regardless of their assignment.
 
B.      Sworn employees assigned to patrol duties shall wear the appropriate authorized MPD uniform unless exempted in writing by the Chief of Police.
 
 
3-111          UNIFORM CLASSES FOR SWORN EMPLOYEES (12/15/09)
(A-D)
The MPD utilizes a Class ‘A’, Class ‘B’, Class ‘C’, Class ‘D’ uniform system to address the specific needs of the Department.
           
A.     The Class ‘A’ uniform is the full dress uniform and shall only be worn in its entirety. It may be worn for specific events at the direction of the Chief or his/her designee.
 
B.      The Class ‘B’ uniform is the alternative to the Class ‘A’ uniform. The Class ‘B’ uniform shall be worn for funerals.
 
C.      The Class ‘C’ uniform is authorized to be worn as the uniform of the day year round, unless otherwise directed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
 
D.     The Class ‘D’ uniform encompasses the category of utility and specialty unit apparel, to be determined by each unit’s SOP and respective Unit/Division/Bureau Commanders.
 
 
3-112          CLASS ‘A’ UNIFORM (12/15/09) (08/20/15)
 
A.      Coat
 
Authorized coats are as follows:
 
1.      Men’s
 
·           Fechheimer, 38800, 100% Dacron polyester, lined
·          Fechheimer, 38801, 100% Dacron polyester, unlined
 
2.      Women’s
 
·           Fechheimer, Women’s, 38833, 100% Dacron polyester, lined
·           Women’s unlined dress coat may be special ordered.
 
B.   Shirt, Long-Sleeve Only
 
Authorized uniform shirts are as follows:
     
1.    Men’s and Women’s
 
·          Flying Cross, Deluxe Tropical, 65% polyester 35% rayon, long-sleeve, medium blue in color, M-1108 matte finish buttons, flat sleeve/cuff (non-pleated), reinforced name tag backing and stitched name tag indicators, “MPD Certified” garment label under right breast pocket flap
 
2.        Command Staff
 
Command staff shall wear the Elbeco Brand, Paragon Plus, 65% polyester 35% cotton, white, long-sleeve shirt.
 
C.  Trousers, Plain/Non-Cargo Only
 
Authorized uniform trousers are as follows:
     
1.    Men’s
 
·            Fechheimer, 38200, 100% Dacron polyester
 
2.        Women’s
 
·            Fechheimer, 38233, 100% Dacron polyester
 
D.  Tie
 
Samuel Broome, poly/wool blend, tie, dark navy (color #61) clip-on/break-away design.
 
E.   Socks
 
Socks shall be dark navy blue or black.
 
F.    Shoes
 
Oxford style, black, leather or simulated leather, with black laces and plain, round toes. Highly polished.
 
G.   Service Hat
 
Midway, 8-point hat, model# MCW 154, navy blue with:
 
1.         A half-inch wide black band for Officers.
 
2.       A half-inch wide gold band for Sergeant and above.
 
3.       Gold bullion on visor for the rank of Commander and above.
 
H.   Firearms
 
Department-qualified weapons shall be worn in a concealed manner.
 
 
3-113          CLASS ‘B’ UNIFORM (FUNERAL) (12/15/09) (08/20/15)
 
A.   Shirt, Long-Sleeve Only
 
Authorized uniform shirts are as follows:
 
1.      Men’s and Women’s
 
·          Flying Cross, Deluxe Tropical, 65% polyester 35% rayon, long-sleeve, medium blue in color, M-1108 matte finish buttons, flat sleeve/cuff (non-pleated), reinforced name tag backing and stitched name tag indicators, “MPD Certified” garment label under right breast pocket flap
 
2.       Command Staff
 
Command staff shall wear the Elbeco Brand, Paragon Plus, 65% polyester 35% cotton, white, long-sleeve shirt.
 
B.   Trousers, Plain/Non-Cargo Only
 
Authorized uniform trousers are as follows:
 
 Men’s and Women’s
 
     ·       Blauer, 8560, 75% polyester 25% wool, dark navy
 
C.   Tie
 
Samuel Broome, poly/wool blend, tie, dark navy (color #61) clip-on/break-away design.
 
D.   Socks
 
1.       Socks shall be dark navy blue or black unless boots are worn.
 
2.       Socks worn with boots shall not show during normal wear.
 
E.   Shoes and Boots
 
1.        Shoes and boots shall be black, natural or artificial leather, with a smooth and round toe design.
 
2.       Shoes and boots shall be clean, in good condition and polished to a high shine.
 
3.       No athletic shoes shall be worn.
 
F.   Service Hat
 
Midway, 8-point hat, model# MCW 154, navy blue with:
 
1.        A half-inch wide black band for Officers.
 
2.        A half-inch wide gold band for Sergeant and above.
 
3.        Gold bullion on visor for the rank of Commander and above.
 
G.     Uniform Duty Belt
 
Flashlights, portable radios, cell phones and/or pagers shall not be worn with the uniform duty belt. If worn, handcuffs and keys shall be securely fastened.
 
 
3-114          CLASS ‘C’ UNIFORM (UNIFORM OF THE DAY) (12/15/09) (08/20/15)
 
A.   Shirts
 
Authorized uniform shirts are as follows:
 
1.      Long-Sleeve
 
a.       Men’s and Women’s
 
·         Flying Cross, Deluxe Tropical, 65% polyester 35% rayon, long-sleeve, medium blue in color, M-1108 matte finish buttons, flat sleeve/cuff (non-pleated), reinforced name tag backing and stitched name tag indicators, “MPD Certified” garment label under right breast pocket flap
 
b.       Command Staff
 
Command Staff shall wear the Elbeco Brand, Paragon Plus, 65% polyester 35% cotton, long-sleeve white shirt.
 
2.      Short-Sleeve
 
a.        Men’s and Women’s
 
·          Flying Cross, Deluxe Tropical, 65% polyester 35% rayon, short-sleeve, medium blue in color, M-1108 matte finish buttons, flat sleeve/cuff (non-pleated), reinforced name tag backing and stitched name tag indicators, “MPD Certified” garment label under right breast pocket flap
 
b.      Command Staff
 
Command Staff shall wear the Elbeco Brand, Paragon Plus, 65% polyester 35% cotton, short-sleeve white shirt.
 
B.      Trousers
 
Authorized uniform trousers are as follows:
 
1.      Plain/Non-Cargo
 
Men’s and Women’s
 
·          Blauer, 8560, 75% polyester 25% wool, dark navy
 
2.      Cargo-Style
 
Men’s and Women’s
 
·            Blauer, 8561-2, 75% polyester 25% wool, dark navy
 
C.  Tie
 
Samuel Broome, poly/wool blend, tie, dark navy (color #61) clip-on/break-away design.
 
D.  Socks
 
1.       Socks shall be dark navy blue or black unless boots are worn.
 
2.        Socks worn with boots shall not show during normal wear.
 
E.   Shoes and Boots
 
1.       Shoes and boots shall be black natural or artificial leather with a smooth and round toe design.
 
2.       Shoes and boots shall be clean, in good condition and polished to a high shine.
 
3.       No athletic shoes shall be worn.
 
F.       Service Hat
 
1.      Service Hats shall be worn when directed by the Chief of Police and:
 
a.      On all traffic control assignments, including those performed off-duty;
 
b.      When ordered by a supervisor.
 
2.       The authorized Service Hat is the Midway, 8-point hat, model# MCW 154, navy blue color with:
 
a.        A half-inch wide black band for Officers.
 
b.       A half-inch wide gold band for Sergeant and above.
 
c.        Gold bullion on visor for the rank of Commander and above.
 
 
3-115          CLASS ‘D’ UNIFORM (SPECIALTY UNITS) (12/15/09)
 
The Class ‘D’ uniform shall be determined by each unit’s SOP and respective Unit/Division/Bureau Commander.
 
 
3‑116          BADGES (02/19/02) (12/30/10)
 
Uniformed MPD employees shall wear an authorized breast badge on the outermost garment, and it shall be clearly visible, shined and in good repair. Uniformed officers shall also wear an authorized hat badge on uniform hats that is clearly visible, shined and in good repair. Breast badges may be of either the post or pin type. (07/19/07)
 
MPD will provide one breast badge to officers upon hire and promotion. Sworn MPD employees are authorized to possess a maximum of three breast badges and one flat badge per rank. This number includes the badge issued by the MPD. Authorization from a Bureau Head is required to obtain any additional badges beyond the authorized four badges. Upon retirement, if a plaque if desired, the sworn employee must provide a badge for that purpose. (03/01/05) (07/19/07) (08/20/15)
 
Lost or stolen badges shall be documented in a CAPRS report. The application for badge replacement, with a copy of the CAPRS report attached, shall be submitted to MPD Administration. Lost or stolen badges are replaced at cost to the employee. MPD Administration maintains a database for tracking the number of badges issued per employee. (03/01/05) (07/19/07) (12/30/10) (08/20/15)
 
Badges in need of repair can be sent out for repair through MPD Administration. Officers are responsible for repair costs. (08/20/15)
 
 
3-117          MOURNING BANDS (03/08/02) (12/30/10)
 
MPD employees may wear a “mourning band” when an officer has been killed in the line of duty. The mourning band is a black elastic band, ¾ inch wide. The band shall be placed on the outermost police badge above the badge number. Bands may not conceal any portion of the badge number. Plainclothes sworn employees may wear their badge on their outer garments with a mourning band while attending the funeral. Civilian employees may wear the mourning band on their MPD employee ID cards. Mourning bands are available from the MPD Stores Unit. (12/14/07)
 
For Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis Park Police officers who are killed in the line of duty, the mourning bands may be worn from the day the officer dies through 30 days after the funeral or as determined by the Chief of Police. For law enforcement officers from other agencies, the mourning bands may be worn from the day the officer dies through the day of the funeral or as determined by the Chief of Police. (03/01/05) (07/19/07) (12/14/07)
 
 
3-118          UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCHES (02/08/02) (11/03/06) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
(A-D) 
A.   The authorized MPD shoulder patch shall be worn on both sleeves of all shirts, jackets, and sweaters of the authorized MPD duty uniform.
 
B.      The MPD shoulder patch shall be centered on the epaulet and ¾ inch below the top of the shirt sleeve seam.
 
C.      The Class ‘A’ Uniform’s MPD shoulder patch shall be identical to normal duty shoulder patch except that the outside ribbing shall be gold thread.
 
 
3-119          NAME TAGS AND NAME TAG ATTACHMENTS (03/08/02) (12/30/10) (08/20/15)
 
A.      Citizens are entitled to know the identity of sworn MPD employees (with very limited exceptions, i.e., in-progress undercover operations). To assist them in obtaining this public information, all employees shall wear a nametag.
 
B.      Metal nametags shall be of engraved gold and the name shall be inked to assist in legibility and ease of reading. Nametags are lacquered upon delivery and need no additional polishing to maintain them. Nametags that show wear or no longer have the officer’s name in ink shall be replaced. (07/19/07)
 
C.      The nametag shall be affixed to the outermost garment and shall be in plain view.
 
D.     The nametag shall have the employee’s first name or initials and last name. (07/19/07)
 
E.       The nametag shall be worn with the bottom of the nametag ¼” above the upper pocket seam, or on indicators, and centered over the right hand jacket or shirt pocket. In the case of a sweater, the nametag shall be worn on the name tag tab.
 
F.        An employee may have one nametag attachment on the bottom of the nametag. The attachment represents either current unit assignment (precinct number, etc.) or qualified service specialty (SWAT, Canine, EMT, etc.) (07/19/07)
 
G.      No MPD uniform garment shall have name tape affixed.
 
 
3-120          LEATHER AND ACCESSORIES (11/22/02) (12/30/10)
 
All MPD-authorized leather equipment shall be black and of a basket weave design. This includes all leather holders and keepers attached to the gun belt.
 
All authorized leather equipment shall have chrome or nickel snaps/buckles or Velcro fasteners.
 
Holsters will not be of the flap leather style. A security Level II or III holster is strongly recommended.
 
Cartridge holders for employees authorized to carry revolvers shall be of the speed loader style, which loads all cartridges simultaneously into an empty cylinder. Uniformed employees must have speed loaders and holder cases capable of carrying a minimum of twelve-.38 caliber cartridges. (07/19/07)
 
Service belts shall be leather or Velcro lined, 2-1/4 inches in width and worn directly over the trouser belt. Beltkeepers or Velcro may be worn, if needed.
 
Trouser belts shall be 1-3/4 inches wide with a nickel‑plated buckle or without a buckle.
 
A Velcro belt may be worn with a Velcro gun belt.
 
All leather accessories on the gun belt shall conform to the leather specifications.
 
 
3-121          OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL - SWORN EMPLOYEES (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
(A-D)
Authorized optional uniform apparel may be worn by sworn employees. Optional uniform apparel shall conform to the listed standards.
 
 
3-121.01     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – JACKETS (12/15/09) (12/30/10) (08/20/15)
 
Uniformed employees electing to wear a jacket shall adhere to the following standards and specifications.
 
A.     Leather jackets shall be worn with metal badge and name plate.
 
B.      Non-leather jackets shall be worn with an embroidered badge and embroidered name.
 
C.     Uniform jackets worn specifically for special details (i.e., Horse Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, CRT raid jacket, Traffic) shall only be worn while engaged in those specific assignments.
 
D.     Authorized jacket specifications:
 
1.      Leather
 
·         Taylor’s Leatherwear, # 4450 - midnight navy blue
 
2.      Non-Leather
 
·          Blauer, 9910Z, Crosstech, dark navy (Cruiser-Length)
·          Blauer, 9915Z, Crosstech, dark navy (Ike-Length)
·          Blauer, 9820, GORE-TEX, dark navy, outer piece for softshell 4660
·          Blauer, softshell 4660, color 04 dark navy, embroidered only, NO “police” panel on back
 
 
3-121.02     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – RAINCOATS (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
The MPD-authorized raincoat shall be black, yellow, or fluorescent red‑orange in color.
 
 
3-121.03     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – SWEATERS (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
Uniformed employees electing to wear a sweater shall adhere to the following standards and specifications.
 
A.     The sweater shall be worn with a metal badge and metal name plates, and an MPD patch on each sleeve. (08/20/15)
 
B.      Sworn employees with the rank of Lieutenant or above shall wear the large collar brass centered on the epaulet, one inch up from the shoulder seam of the sweater.
 
C.     Authorized sweater specifications: (08/20/15)
 
·          Blauer, 205, V-neck Commando-style, jersey knit, dark navy
·          Blauer, 205XCR, V-neck Commando-style, dark navy (windstopper lining)
 
                
3‑121.04     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL - SCARVES (02/08/02) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
Scarves worn with the uniform shall be dark navy blue or black. Scarves are considered inner garments and shall be worn under the jacket.
 
 
3‑121.05     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – WINTER HATS (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
Uniformed employees electing to wear a hat shall adhere to the following standards and specifications.
 
A.     Winter hats shall only be worn in conjunction with an authorized long-sleeve shirt, sweater or jacket.
 
B.      Authorized hat specifications:
 
1.      Pile Hat
 
·          Navy blue in color, navy blue pile ear‑flaps, no rank insignia, hat badge shall be displayed “centered” on front flap of the pile hat.
 
2.       Watch Cap
 
·          Blauer, 124 Watch Cap, color 04 dark navy, fold-up cuff. 20mm, light blue thread (#1132 Madeira) block letters, “MPD” embroidered and centered in front on the cuff. (5/11/05) (08/20/15)
·          Dark navy, cuff-less. 20mm, light blue thread (#1132 Madeira) block letters, “MPD” embroidered and centered in front. (08/20/15)
 
C.      Watch caps shall not bear any visible athletic or brand name logo.
 
 
3‑121.06     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – GLOVES AND MITTENS (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
Gloves and mittens shall be black and professional in appearance.
 
 
3‑121.07     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – C.E.D. HOLDER (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
A sewn-in CED holder is permitted to be added to cargo-style trousers.
 
 
3‑121.08     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – BODY ARMOR EXTERNAL VEST CARRIER (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
Uniformed employees electing to wear a body armor external vest carrier shall adhere to the following standards and specifications.
 
A.     The light blue vest carrier (mirrors uniform shirt) is authorized to be worn with either the long-sleeve or short-sleeve Class ‘C’ uniform. It shall be worn with a metal badge and metal name plate.
 
B.      The navy blue quilted vest carrier is authorized to be worn only with the long-sleeve Class ‘C’ uniform. The vest carrier shall have an embroidered badge and embroidered employee name.
 
3-121.09     OPTIONAL UNIFORM APPAREL – MOCK NECK SHIRT (08/20/15)
 
A.     The mock neck shirt may be worn in place of the uniform tie, underneath the long-sleeve uniform shirt.
 
B.      Authorized mock neck shirts are as follows:
 
·           Elbeco UFX
·            Blauer Mock 8110x
·           5.11 Winter Mock 40125
·           Under Armour 1244393
·           Blauer Mock Dickey 8119x
 
C.      The mock neck shirt shall be dark navy blue.
 
D.     “MPD” shall be embroidered in block letters with 20mm Madeira brand polyneon thread, light blue, color #1871. “MPD” shall be off-centered, to the left of the collar.
 
 
3-122          PINS AND AWARD BARS (2/02/02) (05/02/08) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
(A-D) 
A.     Wearing of pins and award bars is optional.
 
B.      The employee must be authorized to wear the pin or award bars.
 
C.      In addition to the American Flag Pin, only one unit pin shall be worn.
 
D.     Unit and Team pins are authorized for current members only. (08/2015)
 
E.      Only the pins authorized in this policy shall be worn with the uniform: (08/20/15)
 
1.   Authorized pins (08/20/15):
 
a.        Mounted Patrol Crossed Sabers pin
 
b.       Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) pin
 
c.        Traffic Unit pin
 
d.       Honor Guard pin
 
e.        Shooting Team pin (12/30/10)
 
f.        SWAT pin
 
g.       Issued Officer Memorial pins
 
·           May be worn for a period of one year from the date authorized by the Chief of Police.
 
h.       9/11, Katrina, 35w Bridge Collapse pin/bar
 
i.         American Flag pin/bar
 
·           ¾” in size
·           May be worn on the uniform shirt, jacket or sweater.
·           Centered one inch above the name plate or award ribbons, whichever is higher.
 
j.         Serving Since pin (with the appropriate year) placed under the employee’s name tag. (12/30/10)
 
k.       Peer Support Team pin (9/20/13)
 
l.         Negotiator pin
 
m.     Bomb pin
 
n.       Canine pin
 
F.      New pins shall be approved by the Uniform Committee, who shall then bring them to MPD Administration for final approval. (08/20/15)
 
G.    Placement of a unit pin on the authorized uniform:
 
1.       The pin shall be displayed on the outermost garment, either jacket or shirt.
 
2.       Pin shall be centered on the right-hand breast pocket, between the lower edge of the pocket flap and above the bottom pocket seam.
 
3.       When wearing an MPD authorized sweater, the pin shall be centered approximately 1 ½ inches below the name tag.
 
4.       Plainclothes officers may wear the pin as a lapel pin or tie tack.
 
H.    Placement of Commendations/Award Bars:
 
1.       Bars shall be centered and placed one-half inch above the uniform name plate.
 
2.       If more than one bar is worn, additional bars shall be placed on the uniform shirt in a horizontal row, with no more than two bars in a row.
 
3.       The highest Department award earned shall always be worn closest to the center of the uniform.
 
4.       In descending precedence, awards shall be worn highest to lowest and center to outward.
 
5.       If three or five bars are worn, the highest award earned shall be worn centered over the top row.
 
6.       If multiple uniform bars are attached to a holder, the holder must not be visible on the exterior of the uniform shirt.
 
7.       Employees receiving more than one award in any category shall affix a small number in the center of the bar, indicating the number of awards received in that category.
 
 
3-123          RANK AND SERVICE INSIGNIA (02/08/02) (12/15/09) (12/30/10) (11/01/13)
(A-D)
A.     Service Stars and Hash Marks are mandatory for the rank of sergeant and above; optional for the rank of officer. (11/01/13) (08/20/15)
 
B.      Service Stars are authorized to be worn at the completion of five years of continuous service with the MPD. Each star designates a five-year increment of continuous service with the MPD. (08/20/15)
 
Service Stars shall be worn as follows:
 
1.       Horizontal on the left sleeve of the jacket.
 
2.       Attached three inches up from the bottom of the sleeve cuff.
 
3.       Placed in a row of four across; starting 1 inch from the outside seam.
 
4.       The fifth and subsequent stars shall be centered above the row of four stars.
 
5.        Stars shall be ¾ inch in size with gold embroidery. Sewn on with a point up (facing the length on the arm).
 
C.      Service Hash Marks (11/01/13)
 
1.       Service Hash Marks are authorized to be worn at the completion of five years of continuous service with the MPD. Each Hash Mark designate a five-year increment of continuous service with the MPD. (08/20/15)
 
2.       Service Hash Marks shall be worn as follows:
 
a.        Vertical on the left sleeve of the long-sleeve shirt.
 
b.       The first Service Hash Mark shall be attached ¾” up from the top of the sleeve cuff and ¾” from the sleeve gauntlet. Subsequent Hash Marks shall extend vertically up towards the elbow.
 
c.        Two or more Service Hash Marks shall be one continuous strip (not added one by one).
 
d.       Service Hash Marks worn shall be manufactured by ITL, with royal stripe bordered with white on midnight navy twill.
 
e.        Service Hash Marks shall be available only through Police Administration. (08/20/15)
 
D.     Sergeant Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.       Sergeant chevrons and rockers are mandatory.
 
2.       All sergeants shall have triple chevrons sewn on both sleeves of all uniform shirts, sweaters, and jackets, with the exception of the Class ‘A’ uniform.
 
3.       Triple chevrons shall be worn as follows:
 
a.       The triple chevrons shall be centered ¼ inch below the bottom edge of the MPD patch. If short sleeves are not long enough to accommodate the above specifications, all patches may be moved upwards decreasing the required ¾ inch from the top of the sleeve to the top of the MPD patch.
 
b.      The required distance between the patches and chevrons must always be maintained.
 
4.       Sergeant triple chevrons shall be the Hallmark Emblem 787-57; deluxe cloth material with white- bordered royal blue stripes on dark blue. Chevrons shall be 3½ inches wide and 3¾ inches in length.
 
5.       The number of rockers worn shall be determined by time in rank according to the table below.
 
·           0-5 years: Standard triple chevron
·           6-10 years: Triple chevrons with a single rocker
·           11-15 years: Triple chevron with two rockers
·           16-20 years: Triple chevron with three rockers
·           Over 20 years: Triple chevron, three rockers and a star
·           The senior Sergeant on Department: Triple chevrons, three rockers and a star inside of a wreath. (05/12/05)
 
6.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat, the sergeant’s rank insignia will be gold colored metal miniature military chevrons, with appropriate rockers, affixed to the epaulet and centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from shoulder to sleeve. (10/18/07)
 
E.     Lieutenant Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.   Lieutenants shall have one gold-colored bar affixed to each collar of the uniform garments. The bar shall be worn in a vertical position and centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar. The front edge of the bar shall be ½ inch from, and parallel with, the front edge of the collar.
 
2.    On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat the bar shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross-stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from the shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be one gold stripe.
 
F.       Chaplain Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.       Chaplains shall have a gold-colored oak leaf affixed to each collar of uniform garments. The leaf shall be centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar and ½ inch from the front edge. The stem of the oak leaf shall point downwards.
 
2.      On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat, the oak leaf shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be two gold stripes. On the lapels of the coat, Chaplains shall also display a gold attachment of the appropriate religious symbol (e.g. Cross, Star of David). (10/18/07) (08/20/15)
 
G.     Commander Insignia (08/20/15)
 
1.       Commanders shall have a gold-colored oak leaf affixed to each collar of uniform garments. The leaf shall be centered between the top and bottom edge of the collar and ½ inch from the front edge. The stem of the oak leaf shall point downwards.
 
2.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat, the oak leaf shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be two gold stripes. On the lapels of the coat there shall be a gold wreath encircling the word “Commander.”
 
H.     Inspector Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.      Inspectors shall have one gold-colored eagle affixed to each collar of the uniform garment. The eagle shall be centered between the top and the bottom edges of the collar ½ inch from the front edge.
 
2.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat, the eagle shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from the shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be two gold stripes. On the lapels of the coat, there shall be a gold wreath encircling the letters “Insp.” (08/20/15)
 
I.        Deputy Chief Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.       Deputy Chiefs shall have a gold-colored star affixed to each collar of the uniform garments. The star shall be centered between the top and bottom edges of the collar ½ inch from the front edge.
 
2.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat star shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from the shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be one thick gold stripe. On the lapels of the coat there shall be a gold wreath encircling the letters “D/C”. (10/18/07) (08/20/15)
 
J.        Assistant Chief Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.       The Assistant Chief shall have two gold-colored stars affixed to each collar of uniform garments. The stars shall be worn centered between the top and bottom edges of the collar ½ inch from the front edge.
 
2.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat the stars shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be one thick gold stripe, one narrow gold stripe and one gold star. On the lapels of the coat there shall be a gold wreath encircling the letters “A/C.” (10/18/07) (08/20/15)
 
K.     Chief of Police Insignia (11/01/13)
 
1.       The Chief shall have three gold-colored stars affixed to each collar of uniform garments. The stars shall be worn centered between the top and bottom edges of the collar ½ inch from the front edge.
 
2.       On the Class ‘A’ Uniform coat the stars shall be worn centered on the shoulder epaulet centered on the cross stitched section of the epaulet near the transition line from the shoulder to sleeve. On the wrist of each sleeve there shall be one thick gold stripe, two narrow gold stripes and one gold star. On the lapels of the coat there shall be a gold wreath encircling the word “Chief.” (10/18/07) (08/20/15)
 
 
3‑124          MPD EMPLOYEE IDENTIFICATION (02/08/02) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
(A-D)
All personnel shall display their MPD badge or employee ID card on their outermost garment while in police facilities, including police precincts, and at crime scenes. The ID card shall be attached to the clothing with a clip or to a cord worn around the neck. Clips and neck cords are available from the MPD Stores.
 
Exceptions to this policy may be allowed at the discretion of commanders of employees working undercover assignments and employees working at or visiting undercover facilities. All employees will show proper MPD ID upon request.
 
 
3-125          INTERNS/TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES/OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES - EMPLOYEE ID CARDS (02/08/02) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
(A-D)
All MPD interns and temporary or permit employees shall wear an identification card while in police facilities or as directed by their supervisors or the Chief of Police. Business Information Services (BIS) personnel assigned to support MPD computer hardware and software will be issued civilian identification cards and will be required to wear this identification while in police facilities.
 
 
3-126          VISITOR ID CARDS (02/08/02) (12/15/09) (12/30/10)
 
All visitors to areas of MPD facilities authorized for MPD employees only shall sign a Visitor Log (MP-8847) and will be required to wear a visitor ID card while in the facility. Law enforcement officers from other agencies must sign the Visitor Log and may use their police ID, visible at all times, in lieu of a visitor’s ID.
 
Each command will define the public or community areas of the facility and the areas restricted to employees only.
 
Visitor ID’s are available at all of the precincts. Extra Visitor ID's can be obtained from the Crime Lab. (5/12/05)
 
 
3-127          MATERNITY UNIFORM (12/30/10)
 
Pregnant officers working in an area of the MPD where uniformed public contact occurs shall wear a maternity uniform shirt.
 
 
3-128          SEASONAL CHANGES OF THE UNIFORM (10/06/13) (08/20/15)
 
A.     The seasonal changes in uniform shirts shall occur as follows:
 
1.       Long-sleeve Shirt
 
a.        The long-sleeve shirt is authorized for wear between October and April.
 
b.       The long-sleeve shirt may be worn beginning the first Sunday in October, and is mandatory beginning on the first Sunday in November.
 
2.       Short-sleeve Shirt
 
a.        The short-sleeve shirt is authorized for wear between April and October.
 
b.       The short-sleeve shirt may be worn beginning the first Sunday in April, and is mandatory beginning on the first Sunday in May.
 
B.      This policy may be deviated from at the discretion of the Chief, due to unseasonably warm or cool weather.

 

Last updated Aug 20, 2015