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New uniform for Benalla police

Benalla police officers stepped out in Victoria Police's new uniforms last week.

MONIQUE FREER January 22, 2014 4:49am

Benalla police Acting Senior Sergeant Bob davis, Leading Senior Constable Mark Keenan, Leading Senior Constable Richard Barrow, Senior Sergeant Mark Byers and Senior Constable Ross Plattfuss in the new Victoria Police uniforms.

Local police emerged in a different shade of blue last week when Benalla police made the transition to new uniforms.

All items of the new uniform are ‘salute’ blue, and Benalla police Acting Sergeant Michelle Edwards said it was a more updated look.

‘‘I think for most of us we see it as a new, fresher look. I think it looks quite smart,’’ Sgt Edwards said.

Sgt Edwards said the office style included the salute blue shirt and trousers, while the operational style had a tight-fitting shirt designed to fit under vests, and tactical pants with plenty of pocket space.

‘‘They’ve tried to make it practical, that’s why there are the two styles; there’s the operational style and the office style,’’ Sgt Edwards said.

Smaller details such as epaulets, belts and name badges have also been replaced in salute blue.

About 50 Benalla police officers stepped out in the new uniform last Monday following the first overhaul of the Victoria Police uniform in more than 30 years.

‘‘The uniform is functional, cost-effective and was developed using feedback from both police and industry experts, but wearing this uniform also carries with it an enormous responsibility,’’ Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said.

The progressive roll-out of the new uniform began in June and it will be worn by more than 13000 police members and 940 Protective Services Officers. PSOs will retain a white shirt for operational duties.

Despite Benalla police donning the darker blue uniforms during a heatwave, Sgt Edwards said the material used was lightweight and breathable.

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