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DPS officers trying out cool new look

Monday, July 2, 2007

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Shannon Keller, a Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer, checks out supplies on Ladder 1 at Station 1.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers are trying out a cool new look.

"We're in the process of evaluating shorts for police and fire personnel," said DPS Director Drew Juden. "We had some requests, some interest from employees."

DPS officials responded by ordering three pairs of shorts and designating a group to research and evaluate the feasibility of wearing shorts on duty.

"Three officers are trying it for right now," Juden said. "Once we get the feedback from them we'll decide whether we will allow it."

He said the test group began wearing the shorts June 25 and were slated to try them out for a couple weeks before DPS officials make their decision.

Juden said if approved, shorts would not be mandatory but would simply be "a uniform option for officers during the summer" for both male and female officers.

DPS already has a summer uniform schedule in place that begins in April and runs into October. The only change to the summer uniform would be the option to wear short pants instead of long pants.

The shorts are made by the same manufacturer that makes the department's long pants, according to Juden.

"The color is the same, the style is the same," he said.

Juden said there doesn't appear to be any safety concerns for fire personnel as "they wear their protective clothing any time they respond to a fire emergency." He said fire personnel on call at night already wear shorts under their fire turnout gear.

"We're just trying to look at it as a daily uniform, see if it's feasible or not," he said.