ROSELLE PARK, NJ - For the first time in over thirty years Roselle Park Police Officers are getting new uniforms.

“The Roselle Park Police Department invests in the health and well-being of our officers. Studies have shown that the number one injury to a Police Officer is chronic back pain. The number one cause for the back pain has been shown to be constant pressure from the Officer's duty belt, which can weigh up to thirty pounds,” said Roselle Park Chief of Police Daniel J. McCaffery.

The new uniforms will have an outer vest that will carry the officer’s equipment as well as their bullet proof vest. A lighter weight material that can wick sweat and keep officers more comfortable in all weather will be used for the new uniforms and the pants will be cargo style with extra pockets to carry equipment.

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According to Chief McCaffery, the shift to the vest is a part of a larger trend on the part of police departments all over the country. The cost of the new uniforms will be absorbed by the individual officer not the department or the Roselle Park taxpayers. 

“We wanted to modernize our look while still maintaining our traditions of professionalism and service,” said Chief McCaffery.

Chief McCaffery added, "A typical day for a police officer involves a 12-hour shift and that can add a constant strain to the officer's back. This new uniform style is aimed at reducing that pressure by placing the weight to the outer vest carrier.” 

The new uniforms will be worn starting September 21.