Members of the Scott Police Department have a new look, but they’re not making a fashion statement.

Instead of polyester and wool shirts and heavy leather belts with equipment attached, officers now are wearing dry-fit polo style shirts and a vest with ridges that will keep the officer cool and distribute the weight of equipment.

Chief Chad Leger said he’s been working on this for a while, trying to help his officers avoid fatigue, nerve damage and muscle and joint pain from heavy duty belts.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 30 years, and when I started we had our weapon, radio, cuffs and a flashlight on our duty belts,” Leger said. “Now our tool belt continues to grow…. We have tasers, batons, peppers spray. And we’re starting to see our seasoned officers having problems with their hips, and their nerves in the hips, from the weight.”  Read More