18.00.010     DEPARTMENT UNIFORMS     (CALEA 22.2.5)


The purpose of a uniform is to identify the person wearing it as a police officer.  Officers are responsible for wearing the proper and complete Department uniform in the prescribed manner except when working in an assignment which requires them to be out of uniform.


Uniformed Officers will wear the proper uniform and carry all necessary equipment for their particular assignment. This policy is applicable to commissioned officers who are required to wear a uniform, and to commissioned officers who are engaged in uniformed off-duty employment as a police officer.  All articles of uniform will be kept in good repair and will conform to departmental uniform policy.  All commissioned officers are required to maintain at least one complete uniform available for use, no matter what their primary assignment may be (e.g., Investigations Section, etc.).


Complete uniform and equipment specifications are available through the Personnel Services Unit.  If there is any doubt as to whether a particular item meets Departmental specifications, the Personnel Services Unit should be contacted.  Any addition or modification to uniform apparel or equipment must first be approved by the Chief of Police.


Officers shall not wear any decoration on the uniform without the authorization of the Chief of Police.  While in uniform, uniforms will be kept neat, clean, and well pressed at all times. While wearing the uniform, officers will maintain a military bearing - avoiding mannerisms such as slouching, shuffling, or having hands in pockets.  The uniform hat or helmet will be worn as required or directed by Division Commanders.


Commissioned Personnel      (CALEA 41.3.5)


All Patrol, Traffic, Bicycle, and School Resource Officers are classified as uniformed personnel and will wear the uniform as specified in these procedures.  The Section Commanders will designate those personnel within their sections who are to be classified as non-uniformed personnel.


All Administrative Section, Staff Support Section and Investigations Section personnel are classified as non-uniformed personnel.


All commissioned personnel who are designated as non-uniformed personnel will wear appropriate business attire as determined by the Chief of Police.


Section Commanders will have the authority to prescribe such other clothing as may be required by the nature of the particular duty assignment.


Non-Uniformed Officers


Officers working in plain-clothes will be prompt to identify themselves when the necessity arises.  At the scene of an emergency where it is desirable to display the badge continuously, it will be attached to the belt, on a neck chain or to a breast pocket in plain view.


Uniformed officers will not recognize another officer in civilian clothes unless first addressed by the non-uniformed officer.


Police Support Officers


All Police Support Officers (PSO’s) are classified as uniformed personnel and will wear the P.S.O. uniform specified in these procedures.


Professional Support Staff                (updated August 2007)


Department professional employees other than PSO's are classified as non-uniformed employees and will wear appropriate business attire as directed by the Chief of Police.


The Department has adopted casual business dress for professional employees.  These guidelines provide examples of acceptable and unacceptable attire.


It is the responsibility of each employee to exercise good judgment when choosing clothing for the workplace. There may be times when professional business attire is required.  For example, if employees are conducting or attending meetings, seminars, roundtables, or where they come in contact with other business professionals, employees are expected to dress in professional business attire.


Examples of Acceptable and Unacceptable Business Casual Attire


Acceptable Tops:


v      Blouses with or without sleeves

v      polo type shirt

v      shirts with collars

v      sweaters

v      knit tops

v      turtlenecks

v      City of Bellevue/Police department logo wear to include ¼ or full zip sweatshirts without hoods

v      fleece jackets approved by the department and purchased for professional staff



Unacceptable Tops:


v      Athletic attire

v      exercise wear

v      Spandex, Lycra, and tight knits

v      bare midriff, crop tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, muscle shirts, or any other revealing attire (exposed tummy, chest or bust line, the observable lack of undergarments or exposed undergarments, see through fabric)

v      Unapproved logo clothing



Acceptable Bottoms:


v      Corduroy, cotton, cotton blend, poly or poly blend, wool, twill, capri slacks and trousers.

v      Denim (jeans) are acceptable wear for people who are assigned to positions where they have no public contact. The jeans must be in good condition (no holes, tears, frayed).  


“Public contact” hours and days are Monday-Thursday 0800-1700hrs.  The public viewing room is considered public contact.  On Fridays, jeans are acceptable during normal business hours for all professional staff. 


Skirts and dresses of modest length are acceptable


Unacceptable Bottoms:


v      Athletic attire

v      exercise wear

v      Spandex

v      sweatpants

v      Lycra

v      tight knit

v      bib overalls

v      Leggings

v      Revealing attire (low waistband, the observable lack of undergarments or exposed undergarments, see-through fabric)



Acceptable Footwear:


v      Boat/deck shoes

v      boots

v      dress shoes with or without heel

v      loafers or flats

v      open toed or open-heeled shoes

v      athletic shoes- (clean and in good shape)


Unacceptable Footwear:


v      Flip Flops 

v      rubber thongs

v      slippers

v      bare feet/socks