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Florida police want new uniforms for RNC

April 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

TAMPA, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- Police in Tampa, Fla., said the City Council is being asked for $516,200 to buy special uniforms for officers working Republican National Convention security.

Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said police will ask the council Thursday to approve spending for the uniforms, which would be made from khaki tan cotton materials instead of the usual midnight-blue polyester to protect officers from the August heat during the convention, the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, reported Wednesday.

"This is the hottest time of the year for us, so we want officers to be in uniforms that breathe," McElroy said.

She said the uniforms would also be worn by law enforcement personnel traveling to Tampa to help with convention security.

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