New uniforms for Bavarian Polizei

161202_uniform01-mardel-mayerStory by Bianca Sowders

ANSBACH, Germany (Dec. 6, 2016) –  The uniformed police forces in Bavaria are gradually exchanging their old green-beige uniforms for an updated version in dark blue; 27,500 personnel will receive the improved uniforms within the next 18 months.

According to the Bavarian Minister of Interior, Joachim Herrmann, the new uniforms were well overdue; they provide comfort and functionality at the same time, and are tailored to accommodate different body shapes.  Active duty police forces participated in a survey, 69 percent voted for the color blue. The first cities in Bavaria to make the transition are Erlangen and Sulzbach-Rosenberg.

Bavaria is the last state in Germany to switch to the color blue, which is used in most European countries. The Polizei vehicles will also receive an upgrade and sport a coat of lighter blue with neon-yellow highlights for better visibility.

Unneue-standarduniform-3iformed judicial officers in Bavaria, who work in court houses or prisons, will also transition to the blue uniforms at the same time as the police. The Bundespolizei – federal police – who are responsible for border control and guarding airports or train stations, switched to a blue outfit more than a decade ago.

(Photo: Marcel Mayer, Polizei Bayern)


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