Title 6A - Police Personnel CHAPTER 6 UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT Secs. 600 Uniform Board 601 Wearing and Maintenance of Uniforms and Equipment 602-604 [Reserved] 605 Uniforms and Equipment to be Returned to Property Division 600 UNIFORM BOARD 600.1 The Chief of Police shall appoint a Uniform Board whose duties it shall be to annually prepare specifications for uniforms and equipment. Those specifications shall be forwarded by the board to the Chief of Police who shall forward them to the purchasing officer of the District of Columbia with request that proposals be invited and contract or contracts be entered into for the purchase of those articles. 600.2 For the purpose of this section, the term "uniforms" shall be held to include reefers, blouses, trousers, caps, sweaters, rubber coats, rubber cap covers, leggings, helmets, shirts, rubber boots, neckties, rank devices or ornaments, service devices or ornaments, service stripes, black leather belts, and Sam Brown belts. 600.3 For the purpose of this section, the term "equipment" shall be held to include badge, cap plate, baton, marksmanship insignia, patrol box key, holster, revolver, police manual (not to be carried), police regulations (not to be carried), identification card, identification name plate, and soft body armor. 600.4 Articles of uniform and equipment shall conform in style and design to specifications submitted by the Uniform Board for and approved by the Chief of Police. 600.5 The Uniform Board shall thoroughly inspect all uniforms and official equipment furnished by contractors, and no article of uniform or official equipment shall be accepted unless it conforms in specific detail to specifications. The decision of the Uniform Board in all matters relating to fit, style, necessary alterations, and all other factors necessary to provide uniforms in accordance with approved specifications shall be final and conclusive. 600.6 The Uniform Board shall establish and maintain, in such form as may be directed by the Chief of Police, a record showing the following: (a) Uniforms and other official equipment ordered; (b) Uniforms and other official equipment returned to contractors for alteration; (c) Uniforms and other official equipment rejected; (d) Uniforms and other official equipment condemned; and (e) Uniforms and other official equipment accepted. 600.7 The Uniform Board shall submit to the Chief of Police at the close of each fiscal year a report showing the work performed by the Uniform Board during the preceding year. AUTHORITY: Unless otherwise indicated, the authority for this chapter is An Act approved February 28, 1901, as amended by An Act approved June 8, 1906.34 Stat 222, am para. 95 of § 402 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of D.C. Official Code, Title 1 Appendix, at 154 (1973). SOURCE: Regulation No. 72-2., approved January 14, 1972, 18 DCR 417 (February 7,1972)., as amended by § 2 of the Police Manual for the District of Columbia Bullet Safety Vest Regulation Amendment Act of 1983, D.C. Law 5-43, 31 DCR 516 (February 10, 1984). 601 WEARING AND MAINTENANCE OF UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT 601.1 Title to all uniforms and equipment purchased under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved May 25, 1926, shall be vested in the District of Columbia and members of the force be held strictly accountable for the proper care, use, and maintenance of all articles of uniform and official equipment furnished, and those uniforms and official equipment shall only be worn or used in accordance with the provisions of this manual. 601.2 It shall be the duty of members of the force to produce any article or articles of uniforms and official equipment on demand of any superior officer. 601.3 No member of the force shall remove, erase, or in any manner disfigure any stamp, mark, tag, or label attached to any uniform or article of official equipment or property of the District of Columbia. Members of the force, immediately after being issued uniform caps, rubber boots, cap covers, or raincoats, shall mark each article with his name or initials to assure positive identification. 601.4 Members off the uniform force shall wear the regulation uniform and carry the prescribed equipment at all times when on duty, except as otherwise directed. 601.5 Members of the uniform force shall wear shirts of such color and design as may be -provided and shall wear plain dark blue four-in-hand-neckties. 601.6 When members of the force on duty are permitted to wear shirts without blouses, they shall wear dark blue four-in-hand ties, plain black belts not less than one and one- fourth inches (1 1/4") but not more than one-and three-fourths inches (1 3/4") in width, with square solid brass buckle. Suspenders over shirts are prohibited. 601.7 Members of the force shall wear on the left sleeve of their uniform coats, any number of service designations as necessary to indicate years of service, one star for each five (5) years, of such color as prescribed. 601.8 The regulation uniform of the Metropolitan Police Department as previously established is altered in the following manner: (a) The addition of a distinctive stripe, light blue in color and measuring one and three-sixteenths inches (1 3/16"), with a gold color border three-sixteenths inch (3/16th") in accordance with bid specifications filed by the Metropolitan Police Department for altering uniforms. This stripe with border shall be placed horizontally on each sleeve of the uniform coat, with an identical stripe with border placed vertically from the waist- band to cuff on outer seam of each pants leg. Additionally, an identical stripe with border shall be placed horizontally on all uniform caps. (b) The addition of a distinctive shoulder patch on the upper left shoulder shall indicate "Metropolitan Police Department" and "District of Columbia" with an appropriate design of the nation's capital as approved by the Uniform Board. Also separate gold collar insignia shall be worn on the uniform coat, or shirt to designate assignment within the department. (c) The addition of a "Sam Brown Belt" to the sergeants' and officers' uniform coat will be of such design as approved by the Uniform Board. 601.9 The Identification Name Plate Bar shall be worn at all times by members of the force while in uniform. It shall be worn on the right breast, centered one-fourth inch (114") above the top seam of the pocket or immediately above the Civil Disturbance Unit Bar. When worn on the reefer, it shall be worn on the right breast at the same height and approximately the same position as the badge; when worn with the Civil Disturbance Unit Bar, it shall be placed immediately above the Civil Disturbance SOURCE: Regulation No. 72-2, approved January 14, 1972, 18 DCR 417 (February 7, 1972). 602- 604 RESERVED 605 UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT TO BE RETURNED TO PROPERTY DIVISION 605.1 Upon removal, resignation, or granting of leave without pay for a period exceeding thirty (30) days of any member of the force, he or she shall, at the expiration of his or her last active tour of duty, deliver to his or her commanding officer his or her service revolver, identification card, badge, and cap plates. He or she shall also deliver all other articles of uniform and equipment in a clean and sanitary condition to the Property Division and the Chief of Police is hereby directed to withhold certification of pay account of the member or members of the force until all those uniforms or articles of official equipment have been so delivered or properly accounted for. 605.2 Upon suspension of any member of the force, his or her commanding officer shall immediately take possession of revolver, identification card, badge, and cap plates, issued under the provisions of this chapter, and hold that equipment until final disposition of the charges for which that officer was suspended. 605.3 In the event of the death of any member of the force while in active service, the commanding officer of the district, bureau or division to which that member of the force is attached shall immediately take possession of all articles of uniform and official equipment provided at public expense and theretofore issued to that deceased member of the force. 605.4 When a member of the force leaves the service and fails to make proper accounting of articles of uniform and official equipment issued him or her while attached to that service, he or she shall be proceeded against under the provisions of the Code of Law of the District of Columbia. SOURCE: Regulation No. 72-2, approved January 14, 1972, 18 DCR 417 (February 7, 1972).
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