School officers get new uniforms to appear more approachable

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, March 10 2016 Mar 10, 2016 Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:52:00 PM CST March 10, 2016 in News
By: Calli Luna, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — School resource officers at Columbia's three public high schools have a new look.

They will now have new uniforms, polos in the school's colors, to appear more approachable and friendly to students.

The Columbia Police Department refers to the uniforms as "soft uniforms," saying they don't look as intimidating as a police officer's uniform.

"Our officers work everyday with these young adults and they have a lot of pride in the work they do. If placing them in these soft uniforms makes the overall environment healthier, it’s a win for everyone,” Assistant Chief John Gordon said.

CPD and Columbia Public Schools worked together to attain the polos.

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