When the Macon Police Department and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office consolidated at the beginning of the year, the combined force adopted a new uniform of gray shirts with black pants with a gray stripe down the side of the pants. A gray hat eventually will be added.
“When we merged, we wanted to create a new law enforcement agency, so I didn’t feel it would have been appropriate to place all the Macon police people into our old brown sheriff’s uniform or by the same occurrence, placing all the legacy deputies into the police uniform,” Sheriff David Davis said. “To do that, either way would cause the person going into the other person’s uniform to feel like they’ve been taken over, or feel like that they’re losing their lose identity.
“So part of that is to create the new uniform to create a new identity for the new agency,” he said.
Different versions of the gray-over-black look were considered, along with the green and tan uniform that’s reminiscent of a park ranger, Davis said.
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The gray and the black fits more with the metropolitan setting of Macon and Bibb County, he said. While the colors and patch changed, the traditional style of uniform remained.
“We wanted to go for the Class-A look because it possessed a more positive and professional image,” Davis said. “This is a new day, this is a new consolidation. It brought a new government, and I, in my feeling, we needed to bring a new image of law enforcement.”