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Same cops, new look: YPSO kicks off new year with sleek navy blue uniforms

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. Pictured from left to right: Lt Aaron Rosen, Sgt. Kris Ward, Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs, Deputy Mel Hernandez and Lt. Jeff Kerr. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. Pictured from left to right: Lt Aaron Rosen, Sgt. Kris Ward, Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs, Deputy Mel Hernandez and Lt. Jeff Kerr. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)

If you see law enforcement officers patrolling around York County in navy blue uniforms, don’t be alarmed — there isn’t a new police force in town.

While many residents and employees in York County are used to seeing York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies in their “silver-tan” uniform shirts, the force will now wear a midnight-colored uniform that looks “cleaner and more professional,” according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The county’s deputies will also be safer because the dark blue uniforms add an “extra layer” of protection during nighttime operations.

All of the department’s 112 deputies will switch over to the new uniforms starting Jan. 7, the release said.

“I want all citizens and business owners to be informed of the change to prevent any confusion once we go to the new uniform shirt,” Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs said. “County citizens are so familiar with the current uniform. I don’t want anyone confused about who is showing up when a call for assistance is requested.”

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)

The last uniform change at the sheriff’s office was in 2006, when the department switched from brown shirts and tan pants to silver-tan shirts and navy blue pants.

The change this year was sparked by deputies’ requests, the release said.

Every other part of the uniform is navy blue – including pants, jackets and other accessories – so the only change will be the shirts.

The shoulder patch and badge will both remain the same, the release said.

Besides looking cleaner and more professional, the shirts will also save money, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

The silver-tan shirts cost about $7 more each than the blue ones, and the sheriff’s office has had to wait several months in the past to receive an order of shirts. The blue shirts will cost $46.01 each for short-sleeved, and $42.23 for long-sleeved, Ward said.

The silver-tan shirts also had dark blue epaulets, which are decorative shoulder pieces, that were a special-order item for that color shirt, the release said.

The budget money saved will go toward other equipment purchases, Ward said.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has made the switch to navy blue uniform shirts, starting Jan. 7. (Courtesy photo/YPSO)
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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