The uniform store called today and said that my new uniforms were ready, so while I was running errands, I went to pick them up. Thinking back this may the the first new issue I've had in six years. I know it is the first new jacket I've had in ten years. But, here in Louisiana we don't wear a jacket much, what with the glowball warmening and such.
Still, sorting them out, I noticed how "veteran" my old uniforms looked. Tattered, faded, and worn. This new issue came with a vest carrier. I bought my own three years ago, and love it. But, holding the two side-by-side, I see that the first one is also faded and "veteran looking". I've set it up with a spare badge and nameplate and I'll keep it as a spare, in case the new one gets soiled. And, eventually, it will.
Our department uses the Blauer vest carrier, which holds the vest outside the shirt, and believe me, this is a much more comfortable way of wearing a vest than the old way of wearing it inside the uniform shirt. And, the officer can retreat to a safe space occasionally and take it off, cool off, and gather his wits. The vest carrier also makes a bathroom emergency a whole lot more manageable.
I go back to work next week, ad maybe I won't look so much like a homeless person impersonating a cop.