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Police Gear and Police uniforms make up almost 25% of annual police department purchasing budgets

By Thomasgalvin Subscribe to RSS | November 29th 2011 | Views:
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2011's economic environment is affecting cities and states like never before. In turn, budgets for police departments are becoming increasingly cut making chiefs and law enforcement management to seek the best alternatives for their police gear and police uniform programs. Most law enforcement departments are still purchasing union made garments manufactured here in the U.S. which also makes them the most expensive. As the uniform industry is a very slow adopting and change resistant industry in addition to department specs being made to include these garments exclusively. Overseas garment production has become equally as quality conscience as factories here in the U.S. and many factories in China, India and South America are also ISO:9001 certified making the quality of equal to here in the U.S. with the added benefit of cost effective pricing. Granted, the sentiment in America remains that most citizens and government would like to have our factories humming and providing jobs, but the global economy has now made it difficult for any U.S. factory to compete. The task remains from decreased tax revenues from both housing and jobs, the trickle down effect will force state and local governments to re-think how they are purchasing and what specifically they are purchasing.

Some of the top brands of police uniforms include Flying Cross, Blauer, Fechheimer, INTAPOL, Horace Small and some other smaller players. Some of these companies are already shifting production to Mexico and Asia to remain competitive maintain profitability to survive. The trend will continue throughout the next decade with predictions already being made that 80% of police uniforms will be made overseas. This unfortunate fact will help police departments and the law enforcement community by giving them the ability to maintain their appearances and providing new clothing by taking less out their budgets. There is still much innovation offered by these uniform companies and further comfort, protection etc will be offered at a faster pace than before. Some dealers that have great deals include police uniform companies such as Fechheimer and INTAPOL.

Police gear on the other hand already has a mix of products being made overseas as well as here in the U.S. Companies such as ASP, Duty Man, various flashlight makers, Blackhawk, 5.11 Tactical among others. It is not an easy task to keep track of all the different options in police gear because the each category of police gear has thousands of product options, which include duty gear, flashlights, handcuffs, body armor, batons, mace and police gear bags. To stay informed it is important to have relationships with manufacturers and dealers to stay up to date on products and the latest innovations. Although Galls is the largest supplier to police departments in the U.S. many departments are turning to companies such as INTAPOL, quartermaster and Police Equipment Depot for product knowledge as well as great deals.

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