The Uniform

 

     

The original Colorado State Patrol uniform as decided upon by the original Patrol Board consisted of a “sky-blue” cap, shirt, and blouse to match Colorado’s skies. There were silver gray slacks for the silver industry. There were gold badges, gold colored buttons and belt buckles for the gold industry. There were black stripes on the pant legs, black boots, black holster, and Sam Browne belt for the coal industry. Originally the Sam Browne belt was white inside to be reversible for night use, but this feature was done away with shortly. Later collar ornaments were added to designate the division membership of the wearer and today represent which Troop the Trooper is assigned to. The uniform has remained much the same with some minor changes. The blouse has been done away with and it has been replaced with a nylon jacket. The knee length motorcycle boots were later replaced with a jobhpur type boot and more recently with the tactical style popular with police agencies today. Other changes were the utilization of a short sleeve summer shirt, which was adopted in 1977, and the adaptation of the “Smokey Bear” type campaign hat in 1981, which has been used by so many state organizations throughout the nation. The shoulder patch was changed once early in the years of the Patrol. 

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