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A recent story by the BBC covers the very interesting story regarding uniform clothing and the importance of its role. It’s been suggested that police officers should wear their uniforms on the way to and from work to increase police visibility and increase public reassurance.
It’s been suggested that more awareness of Police Officers in public, such as on buses and trains, will be a “key strategic priority” going forward which helps in the visibility and availability of officers.
This story has caused much debate among officers and the public. Many have claimed that because most officers’ travel to work by car, the change would not have that much impact, and most importantly if an incident were to arise, whilst they will be in uniform clothes they will not have the protective equipment needed with them or the back up support.
This story brings to light the importance of uniform wear it shows the impact a uniform can make on public perception and on society in general. It’s great to see uniform clothing being a hot topic once again! Keep updated with further uniform clothing news each week on our blog.
At Keltic, as one of the UK’s leading uniform clothing suppliers, we’re more keen than most for people to look really smart, and to wear the correct uniform for their job role, as well as to feel comfortable and special in their uniform clothes.
The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on an interesting situation that related to this. A “Patrol Special” police officer was recently sacked for wearing the incorrect uniform wear. The officer, who had been nominated for a medal for disarming a gunman during a fatal shootout, had failed to wear his navy jacket and trousers, which had a distinctive blue stripe down the side, on 37 occasions during 2009 and 2010.
However, the article also reports that he also failed to show up to various training courses, amongst other issues. So as with many of these seemingly straightforward stories, there’s more than the headline implies. However, there’s food for thought here. Would you take a chance and not wear your uniform if you knew your job was on the line?
Any colour as long as it’s black. Henry Ford was talking about the motorcar but there was a time when the same principle applied to parking uniform wear – drab navy blues or blacks were the norm with pseudo-police styling. Well that’s all changed. Civil enforcement officers are now patrolling our streets in rainbow colours in a move designed to counteract the public perception that they are hiding in the shadows waiting to jump out and issue a ticket.
At Keltic, we’ve had a big hand in this change. We supply over 200 local authority parking departments and private parking contractors with uniform clothing, making us by far the UK’s No 1 supplier. Our Patrol Range offers 30 colours from stock, so that customers can bespoke their uniforms and give them an extra bit of panache. And importantly, they can do that from the stock range which means it is quick and easy to put a uniform together without the hassle of minimum orders. We will be showing a wide range of these colours at Parkex next week.
We offer a complete range of uniform clothes for the parking industry, kitting out CEOs from head to toe. Highlighted on our stand at Parkex will be the new Magnum Strider shoe, the UK’s first shoe designed specifically for CEOs. The Magnum Strider is lightweight, durable, EN-certified for slip-resistance, breathable and water-resistant. Its revolutionary ion-mask technology actually repels water and, if you want to see for yourself just how effective it is, we are water-testing the Magnum Strider shoe on our stand.
We look forward to meeting all our valued customers on our stand next week!
For most of us, the peaked cap is forever associated with the uniform clothing market. Despite uniform clothes being modernised significantly, the peaked cap hasn’t changed in 50 years. We know the peaked cap is here to stay for a while longer, so decided to see if we could design something a bit more comfortable and up-to-date.
After spending some time chatting with purchasing managers and groups of wearers, we discovered that existing caps are fairly universally disliked – no real surprise there then! Wearers tend to find them uncomfortable, old-fashioned, heavy and sweaty – and they dislike the black shiny peak and strap. Baseball caps aren’t the answer because they’re too casual looking. One of our large customers have just moved away from baseball caps and back to peaked caps for their uniform wear.
Current caps soak up the rain – if you are lucky you might get a waterproof cover that looks like a shower cap – but that can make you more uncomfortable because it’s not breathable. Fabric technology has moved on dramatically in 50 years, so we decided to see how we could use this to make a more wearable and comfortable Cap.
The result is our new unisex Patrol Cap, made from highly breathable, waterproof, quick-drying fabric. It’s much lighter in weight and more flexible, and therefore much more comfortable. The style has been modernised too, with a more sophisticated, slimmer profile and a slightly smaller non-shiny fabric peak. The style has been described as evolution rather than revolution. This is one example of where we like to give our customers choice, and we constantly striving to innovate with the best fabrics and designs.
The Patrol Cap innovation comes hot on the heels of Keltic’s exclusive Magnum Strider shoe, the UK’s first shoe designed for civil enforcement officers. The Strider incorporates ion-mask hydrophobic technology which actually repels water. Our plan has been to change the parking uniform wear market from head to toe, and with the Patrol Cap, our new ranges of clothing and the Magnum Strider, I reckon we’ve done it!