NAUMD Names Barre Police Department Best Dressed

Annual Awards honor both the departments and suppliers of the uniform program.

Omaha, Neb. (June 2020) – The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD)has named the Barre Police Department one of the nation’s best dressed. The Massachusetts agency is one of five winners in NAUMD’s Best Dressed Public Safety Award® Competition, an annual program that recognizes the important role uniforms play in law enforcement and public safety work. The awards honor both the departments and suppliers of the uniform program.  
The uniforms worn by the officers of the Barre Police Department score high in appearance, functionality and comfort. Barre is located in the Central Massachusetts snow belt. The switch to a well-made, poly/wool trouser and shirt provided a more proper amount of climate protection than the previous poly/cotton uniform. Officers are now warmer in the winter and comfortable throughout the year, and Ike length jackets greatly increased the functionality by allowing easy access to duty belt equipment.
The Best Dressed Public Safety Award® Competition emphasizes the high value of professional, neat, well-fitted and immediately identifiable uniforms in the vitally important role of public safety and law enforcement. The award showcases the dedication of the industry’s uniform professionals to designing and manufacturing the most comfortable, safe and versatile set of apparel possible required to meet the exacting standards of today’s law enforcement professionals.
“If an officer is well dressed and feels good, he or she will project a positive image to the community,” noted NAUMD President Steve Zalkin.
Barre Police earned the best dressed nod for departments with less than 100 members. Others topping the list are Cumberland County, NC, Sheriff’s Department, Best Dressed Department with 100 – 500 members; Columbus, OH, Police Department, Best Dressed Department with more than 500 officers; Yocha Dehe, CA, Fire Department, Best Dressed Department with less than 100 members; Sarasota County Fire Department, Best Dressed Department with more than 500 members. 
The Best Dressed Public Safety Award® Competition is open to all public safety departments across North America. Participants must submit a completed entry form, as well as photographs depicting the various uniforms in their program. An independent panel of experts reviews each department’s professional appearance and uniform specifications to determine whether the uniform is appropriate for the type of work being performed. All winning departments and their suppliers receive award plaques. An awards dinner scheduled to honor this year’s recipients has been canceled due to the current health crisis. 
“This year, it is more important than ever to recognize these brave first responders who are on the front lines fighting the Covid pandemic” noted Zalkin. “The NAUMD is proud to honor this year’s winners and all in law enforcement who serve their communities.” 

About North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD): The NAUMD was founded in 1932. This association is a community for the uniform and image apparel industry. It is composed of manufacturers, distributors, and associated companies that have a common bond in the future of our industry.
We exist to enable our members to create opportunities for a better future. We do this by connecting ideas and people in ways that provoke conversations and inspire innovation. The NAUMD is about building a community where strategic relationships are formed; problems are solved and meaningful information empowers a better future.

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