San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne took the rare step of rescinding an order late last month after his decree requiring all uniformed officers to purchase a police cap-and officers ranking lieutenant or above to buy a cap and ceremonial jacket-touched off an internal dispute.
Originally designed to help the department "properly represent" itself at ceremonial occasions, Lansdowne's order came just as the city was imposing terms of a labor agreement, effectively cutting officers' pay. Faced with forking over another $140 per hat, officers revolted, opposing the order through their labor union, the Police Officers Association.
Long story short, Lansdowne acquiesced, and, according to a department spokesman, the hat issue "is off the table for the foreseeable future." But should officer headgear be revisited, CityBeat suggests Lansdowne consider allowing officers to choose from a larger selection of hats. After all, it's their money and nothing represents a department like an officer who is armed and fabulous.