Police officers wear a variety of clothing, and situation dictates what to wear and when they wear it. The officer in the image above is wearing a Class B uniform. Class B’s are the outfits worn for general street duty. The material tough and made to withstand the daily grind of patrol duty.
Class A uniforms are also known as full dress uniforms. These suits are complete with all the bells and whistles – medals, ribbons, pins, braids, and cords – and are normally worn for official ceremonies, such as the presentation of awards and when attending funerals.
However, many departments do not issue separate class A and class B uniforms. In those departments, officers interchange the two, wearing Class B uniforms for both ceremonies and for daily patrol wear.
BDU’s (battle dress uniforms are generally worn by SWAT officers, members of search warrant entry teams, and other emergency response teams. Battle dress uniforms offer extra protection for the wearer, as well as compartments for the various gear that’s required for special assignments.
Uniforms may also be adapted for climate needs.
Uniforms are also available with special pouches for donut fans.