The deputies of the Pulaski County Sherriff’s Dept. now have an “enhanced look”– which is raising some eyebrows among members of the community.
In recent months, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spent more than $26,000 on two kinds of cowboy hats – a white, straw one and a black Stetson hat.
In a Facebook poll conducted by ABC7, 77% of voters said the money could’ve been spent on other things.
250 hats were purchased in all. The black Stetsons– which Sheriff Doc Holladay says have a “classy look”– were $155 apiece. The much less expensive straw, Resistol hats – $42.50 each.
Holladay says the hats “complete the uniform.” It’s optional for deputies to wear while on patrol. They’re only required to wear the hats for events like funerals and awards banquets.
The hats have several different functions–they provide protection from the sun and they also set the agency apart from others in the area. The overall reaction from the deputies has been positive.
“It improves the overall look of the sheriff’s office and maybe makes us look more people friendly,” said Deputy Elza Kirkwood.
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