In a press release put out by Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau today, it was announced that Bexar County deputies may now don "an optional western hat." This marks a triumphant return for the hats, which were banned in the '90's by a previous sheriff.
"I have heard from many deputies that they wanted the western hat to return," said Pamerleau. "They feel, and I agree, the hat distinguishes them from other police officers and allows citizens to quickly identify them as Sheriff's Deputies."
According to the new uniform regulations:
Deputies, who are so inclined may wear specific western headgear with their standard Class A uniform.
During winter months a traditional, felt construction, “silver belly” gray hat can be worn.
During summer months, the traditional, natural color straw construction hat may be worn.
During inclement weather, form-fitting, clear plastic covers may be worn over the western headgear.
Western hats with a flat brim, or hats with decorations, such as feathers, are not authorized as part of the policy.