Conroe, March 22 – Sheriff Rand Henderson announced today that Deputies and Detention officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will have a new look starting April of 2017. The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office will be transitioning from the traditional tan and blue uniform to a standardized navy blue utility uniform for enforcement functions and a standardized grey-blue uniform for detention functions. Sheriff Henderson is paying tribute to former Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage with elements of the traditional uniform maintained within the agencies’ Honor Guard function.
Sheriff Henderson contends that he’s making this change for several reasons: (1) Most significant is that the new high-quality uniforms are cost efficient, both in the near and long term. Additional costs and added delivery time were incurred by having red epaulets and pant stripes sewn on. (2) Few law enforcement agencies, in this modern era, wear special-order tan uniforms. (3) These new uniforms are durable, functional, readily available, and an important part of an ongoing effort to promote the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as team and community oriented.
The new uniforms also boast a new agency patch featuring a simplified design that will modernize its look. This new patch features a traditional five-point Texas star under “SHERIFF” in capital letters. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office set out to design an emblem that our public could easily identify while showing pride in our community and rich history – indicating the County’s founding date of 1837. This patch accomplishes those goals. Several Sheriff’s Deputies have told The Golden Hammer that they are particularly excited about the new Department emblem.
At about three sets of uniforms per employee, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office stands to save approximately $36,000 with this change.
Residents can also expect to see a sleek, definitive, new patrol vehicle graphics design. This new graphics package is being applied only on new vehicles entering the fleet, at a savings of $62 per vehicle. However, the old graphics package will stay on current patrol vehicles nearing the end of their services life, as not to incur any unnecessary costs.
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson comments, “This is an important and exciting change for the men and women of our agency and our public. It is my desire to build a Sheriff’s Office that people are proud to work for and proud to be served by. That pride starts with first impressions and we are looking forward to making a great one.”