By Jim Wallace - bio | email ALBANY, GA (WALB) – For the first time in 26 years the Dougherty County Sheriff's office is changing the of its uniforms. Starting January 1st, deputies will wear gray and black uniforms.
Sheriff Kevin Sproul decided on the change because the supplier could not match the color of their old brown uniforms anymore. A panel of nine employees decided on the new colors and uniform material.
Deputies get a $275 a year stipend to help pay for their uniforms, but these new ones will not cost taxpayers anything.
"We're using confiscated funds to offset the cost to the employees, so it wouldn't be a big tax on them to have to purchase a bunch of uniforms," said Sheriff Sproul.
"First time today putting it on, I like it a lot. More comfortable. The color, it blends in really well. I like it a lot," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Brown.
The patch on the uniform sleeves is also new. It features the Georgia and United States flags. Employees designed it.
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