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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Does anyone know of a study or any type of research that supports the theory that white t-shirts under dark uniform shirts is an officer safety issue due to the white traingle that it presents as a possible target?

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I believe this is the study you are referring to. 


http://www.forcescience.org/fsinews/2008/03/is-the-triangle-of-death-real/

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Even if it's not a safety issue it just looks stupid (white undershirt below black uniform).  Wear black undershirts.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

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Even if it's not a safety issue it just looks stupid (white undershirt below black uniform).  Wear black undershirts.


For years our dept. SOP was to wear a white V-neck T-shirt under our summer uniform.  The current administration made it MANDATORY to wear a white crew neck T-shirt under our summer uniform.  The reason I was so quick with the info from the original post is that I sent this study to the bosses and firearms instructors in my department in an effort to change this policy.  This fell of deaf ears.  The current administration believes this look is "professional looking".


Oh, yea I agree it looks stupid 


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Thanks for the help!


I now have to convince my chief to not mandate white t-shirts.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

The next time you work night shift look at a officer with a white t shirt on when you are on a call. He will be the best target. explain that to your chief. A black t shirt is the only way to go.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

OK, so if I wear a black t-shirt and I am white or light skinned doesn't this make my head the lightest thing visible ? And if we wore white shirts wouldn't that tend to draw the badguys fire back to the vest?  Maybe we should poll the white shirt departments and see where their guys get shot.  And there are still depts. that wear khaki and depts. that wear light blue shirts. Just a thought.

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OK, so if I wear a black t-shirt and I am white or light skinned doesn't this make my head the lightest thing visible ? And if we wore white shirts wouldn't that tend to draw the badguys fire back to the vest?  Maybe we should poll the white shirt departments and see where their guys get shot.  And there are still depts. that wear khaki and depts. that wear light blue shirts. Just a thought.



Well in the case of non-black or dark blue uniforms, skin color not taken into consideration, then a t-shirt, or under garment, that closely matches the outerwear color could and should probably be worn to enhance "Officer safety" and add a look of professionalism too.


I came from the military (US Air Force Security Police) where we wore subdued t-shirts under our BDU's. Once I started with civilian Law Enforcement agency I worked for, I started the trend of wearing of subdued colored t-shirts with our duty uniforms.


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