Newly elected Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has reinstated "an optional western hat policy" for deputies, according to a statement issued by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

“I have heard from many deputies that they wanted the western hat to return,” Pamerleau said in a statement. “They feel, and I agree, the hat distinguishes them from other police officers and allows citizens to quickly identify them as Sheriff’s Deputies.”

The western hat was banned in the 1990s by a previous sheriff as part of a new uniform policy.

Pamerleau said deputies would be required to purchase the hats on their own if they wish to wear them.

According to the new policy:

  • Deputies, who are so inclined may wear specific western headgear with their standard Class A uniform.
  • During winter months a traditional, felt construction, “silver belly” gray hat can be worn.
  • During summer months, the traditional, natural color straw construction hat may be worn.
  • During inclement weather, form-fitting, clear plastic covers may be worn over the western headgear.
  • The Western hats with a flat brim, or hats with decorations, such as feathers, are not authorized as part of the policy.
  • Wearing the western headgear is not mandatory.

Images: Bexar Co. Sheriff's hats through the years

Published On: Jan 29 2013 02:11:51 PM CST

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