(WICHITA, Kan.) — Next time you see a Wichita police officer, he or she may be sporting a different look. Cops on patrol are starting to wear dark green vests over their shirts.
"Our old body armour vests were worn underneath our uniforms," Officer Justin Cole says. "With this we place those (bullet-proof) panels inside this external vest."
The new utilitarian style--which some may consider a bit militaristic looking--is not for fashion sake. In fact, Cole says he was a little concerned at first.
"One of the concerns I had was, whether or not I was still approachable as a police officer with this vest on versus with the traditional uniform," Cole says.
But, Cole says citizen feedback has been positive.
"I think citizens are becoming more accustomed to security personnel carrying a lot of equipment than they used to prior to 9-11," Cole says.