Press Release: North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - April 5, 2013 – The Florida Highway Patrol received the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Best Dressed Award for law enforcement departments with more than 2,000 officers during a reception in Orlando. Developed to recognize the critical role uniforms play in law enforcement and public safety, the awards honor both the wearer and supplier of the apparel program.
“The members of the Patrol take pride in their appearance,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “And the variety of uniforms our members wear promotes professionalism and functionality for the services we provide.”
The uniform program includes a long sleeve shirt, black campaign hat, pants, tactical gear and accessories. All Florida Highway Patrol uniforms must be clean, neat and pressed for daily visual inspection.
Now in its 36th year, the Best Dressed Public Safety Awards is open to all public safety departments across North America. Participants must submit a completed entry form, as well as photographs depicting the various uniforms in their program. An independent panel of experts reviews each department’s professional appearance and uniform diversity, paying close attention to detail and written standards.
“There is nothing more comforting to a community than an easily identifiable, uniformed police officer, particularly in a time of crisis,” said Richard J. Lerman, President and CEO of the NAUMD. “In law enforcement, a visible, uniformed public safety presence on the street, at a mall or other institution can add a sense of security and help comfort the public or allay fears.”
Since officers have varying assignments and patrol details, there are many factors to consider, including the following: Does the uniform fit the job function? Is the appearance neat and do the garments fit properly? What role do fabrics play in the overall look? Most importantly, can the public immediately identify the wearer as a professional, law enforcement officer?
For more information on the Best Dressed Public Safety Awards or the 2013 NAUMD Convention and Exhibition, call (516) 393-5838 or visit http://naumd.com/index.php/events/2012-expoconvention.
The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the uniform and image apparel industries since 1933. Its 500+ members include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms, as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at large.
The NAUMD works to protect the interests of its members through a series of advocacy, education, and public relations campaigns intended to arm them with the tools needed to retain and capture business in a global economy. The association has authored a number of position papers and has an extensive library of information from which members can further their understanding of the uniform marketplace. NAUMD also conducts a series of professional development seminars both in the United States and Canada, and hosts an annual convention and trade show where attendees can source products, learn about the latest trends, and gain practical, take-home knowledge to better run their business.
Mulberry Marketing Communications, Account Executive