Phoenix uniform dispute headed to arbitrator

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Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 11:17 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A dispute between the Phoenix Police Department and an officers' union over a stricter dress code for officers is headed to an arbitrator.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/VuAGm9) that the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association is taking its grievance over the uniform changes to an arbitrator.

Police Chief Daniel Garcia ordered that patrol officers must wear only polyester-blend uniforms with dark-blue button-down shirts and dress-style pants.

The black, cotton-blend polo shirt and cargo pants that patrol officers have had the option of wearing for the past 15 years are no longer allowed.

Garcia contends the use of two patrol uniforms has the potential to create confusion and offers greater opportunity for criminals to impersonate officers.

Officers say the change violates a labor agreement that let officers choose which uniform to wear.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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