|When it comes to uniforms, the Kingsport Police Department is going back to the future. What once was old will soon be new, and blue, again.
In 2017, the Kingsport Police Department, just like the city it serves, will be turning 100 years old. While researching old photographs in preparation for the upcoming centennial celebration, it was discovered that the earliest police officers in Kingsport wore an all dark blue uniform. This early uniform can be seen in the 1925 photograph included in this release. By the 1950s, K.P.D. had transitioned to a uniform consisting of a gray shirt and navy blue pants that would become the standard for the next 60 plus years.
For quite some time, K.P.D. has been discussing the possibility of a change in uniforms, and it has been decided that transitioning back to uniforms in the original color would be a great way to celebrate and commemorate the rich history and 100th birthday of this police department. While the original K.P.D. uniforms from a century ago were most likely constructed of very heavy wool, the new uniforms will be fashioned from more modern lightweight materials and will be significantly more comfortable.
Though the new look most certainly pays homage to the early days of the Kingsport Police Department, it also has an up-to-date style, more in line with today’s most progressive law enforcement agencies. An updated badge has been designed to accompany the new uniforms. The transition to the new uniforms will be at no additional cost to the taxpayers, as K.P.D. already has a line item in the budget each year for uniforms. The citizens of Kingsport will begin to see officers wearing this new uniform effective Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Officers will have three basic uniform options available to them year around, depending on the weather and their assignment. The Class A uniform will consist of a long-sleeve solid navy blue shirt and tie, the Class B uniform will consist of an open-collar long-sleeve solid navy blue shirt, and the Class C uniform will consist of an open-collar short-sleeve solid navy blue shirt. All three options will be worn with matching solid navy blue trousers.
Photographs of officers dressed in all three new uniform options accompany this release. Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this new look of the Kingsport Police Department to alleviate any confusion or concerns during future law enforcement encounters.