Mobile Police Officers Now Required to Wear Hats

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile police are looking a little more dapper these days.

Officers are now required to wear their hats when they are outside dealing with the public.

It's a change brought on by interim chief Lester Hargrove, who took over when Phillip Garrett retired last month.

Hats were not mandatory under Garrett, but Hargrove said the hat looks more professional and is an important part of visibility for officers.

Donald Scott, president of the Alabama Police Benevolent Association, says the new policy can be tough for field officers who are chasing a suspected robber or directing traffic in the hot sun.

The policy could stick, though. Hargrove has applied for the chief's job, which is expected to be filled soon.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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