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WSP troopers finally ditch their wooly garb

Sunday, July 10, 2016by  Jon Osterberg
In light of Thursday's horrific events in Dallas, it's nice to see a local, happier story involving law enforcement.
     You might recall comic Billy Crystal's impersonation of Fernando Lamas, saying, "It's better to look good than to feel good. And you look marvelous!"
     Washington State troopers think feeling good in work clothes is important, and soon they'll look marvelous and feel comfortable while on the job.
     Since the 1960s, troopers have worn wool uniforms that are hot, heavy, and "stink like a wet dog" when they get damp, according to a Tacoma News Tribune story. And they're dry-clean only, a real inconvenience.
     But soon, the Washington State Patrol will issue new machine-washable polyester uniforms. Troopers have asked for cooler attire for a long time. It became a morale issue that contributed to the department losing nine troopers a month in 2015, said Patrol Chief John Batiste .
     Read about the new uniforms, which will retain their classic look that includes bow ties.

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