New Fla. police chief wants less 'intimidating' uniforms
Police Chief Jeffrey Katz says the tactical uniforms his police wear now make the officers less approachable by the public
By Attiyya Anthony
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — What's in a uniform? For Boynton Beach's new Police Chief Jeffrey Katz, a lot. What officers wear not only serves a purpose, it sends a message.
Katz, who is on a mission to help build community trust, is asking for a department-wide wardrobe change this October to let the public know that officers are approachable and ready to help.
The current uniforms are "tactical style," with an exterior bullet proof vest, which Katz says is "intimidating" to the public. That's why he wants to suit up his 164 sworn officers in a more traditional uniform with a hidden vest and weapons on their belts.