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 or Police Support 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 and are contained in the Quartermaster Reference Manual.  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 Department will provide uniforms and equipment to its employees.

Employees shall be held accountable for all issued uniforms and equipment. Employer shall replace loss or destruction of uniforms or equipment not the result of employee negligence. Employees shall be responsible for replacement of uniform or equipment loss or destruction resulting from employee negligence.

The employer shall provide replacement uniforms and equipment as necessary to maintain employee's equipment and uniforms in a presentable manner as required by the Department. Employees are required to turn in any equipment or uniform apparel needing replacement.

Clothing allowances and cleaning costs shall be provided as allowed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Officers, while assigned to certain plainclothes and/or special assignments as designated by the Chief of Police, shall be provided with a holster, handcuff case, and magazine holder.

A list of authorized uniforms and equipment can be found in the Uniforms and Equipment registry maintained by PSU.

Refer to the Chapter on Uniforms, and Equipment and Property in this manual for additional policies.


 Commissioned Personnel      (CALEA 41.3.5)


All Patrol, Trafficand School Resource Officers are classified as uniformed personnel and will wear the uniform as specified in these procedures.  


All other commissioned personnel shall wear appropriate business attire as determined by the Chief of Police.


Section Commanders will designate those personnel within their sections who are to be classified as non- uniformed personnel and 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 promptly identify themselves when the necessity arises.  At the scene of an emergency where it is appropriate to display the badge continuously, it shall 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 the Quartermaster Reference Manual.


Professional Support Staff                


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