Deputies and Detention officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will have a new look starting April of 2017. The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office will be transitioning from the traditional tan and blue uniform to a standardized navy blue utility uniform for enforcement functions and a standardized grey-blue uniform for detention functions. Paying tribute to former Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage, elements of the traditional uniform will be maintained within the agencies’ Honor Guard function.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is making this change for several reasons. Most significant is that the new high-quality uniforms are cost efficient, both in the near and long term. Few law enforcement agencies, in this modern era, wear special-order tan uniforms. Additional costs and added delivery time were incurred by having red epaulets and pant stripes sewn on. These new uniforms are durable, functional, readily available, and an important part of an ongoing effort to promote the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as team and community oriented.
The new uniforms also boast a new agency patch featuring a simplified design that will modernize its look. This new patch features a traditional five-point Texas star under “SHERIFF” in capital letters. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office set out to design an emblem that our public could easily identify while showing pride in our community and rich history – indicating the County’s founding date of 1837. This patch accomplishes those goals.
At about three sets of uniforms per employee, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office stands to save approximately $36,000 with this change. Not to mention a significant amount of time gained in not having to wait weeks for a special-order uniform to be delivered. These new uniforms, while sharp-looking, are simply plug-and-play with readily available stock.
Residents can also expect to see a sleek, definitive, new patrol vehicle graphics design. This new graphics package is being applied only on new vehicles entering the fleet, at a savings of $62 per vehicle. However, the old graphics package will stay on current patrol vehicles nearing the end of their services life, as not to incur any unnecessary costs.