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If someone has ever wondered why a majority of police officers wear blue uniforms, the answer is not only practical, it’s also deadly serious.
As pointed out by Today I Found Out, there are a few reasons why police have predominantly chosen to wear blue uniforms.
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The original reason police began wearing dark blue uniforms was actually quite simple. The first formally established police department in the U.S., the New York City Police Department in 1845, based its uniforms on the London police force, which wore blue uniforms to distinguish itself from the British military’s red, according to an article published by the law enforcement-oriented website PoliceOne.com.
In later decades, other cities established their police forces after the Civil War and their uniforms were simply surplus uniforms from the Union army. The Los Angeles Police Department, formed in 1869, was one such outfit.
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More than 150 years after the Civil War, though, dark blue is still appealing for several reasons. For one, it is one of the easiest colors to clean and maintain, rather than lighter colored uniforms.
For professional purposes, dark blue uniforms better conceal stains that could get on a uniform while officers are on duty — and physically engaging in activities that can be tough on clothing, from standing in the rain to fighting with a criminal.
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In terms of safety, officers have primarily continued to...
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