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American COP Sep/Oct 2011 Digital Edition - Page 42

PAIRING FIT WITH FUNCTIONALITY TACTICAL `TOTERS: Suzi Huntington verywhere you look these days you can see the casual uniform of the day — cargo (tactical) pants paired with a T-shirt, polo or camp shirt. People of all ages and walks of life are dressing this way. As a cop, whether you work under cover, train hard or just like the style, it’s important to understand your needs and learn who can accommodate them. You’ll likely be using this casual uniform while carrying a gun, knife, flashlight and spare ammo, in addition to normal stuff like your wallet, keys and cell phone. 42 E We’ve tested a vast array of tactical pants, and while they’re all very similar, they’re also very different — just like you and me. Depending upon a manufacturer’s cut, and your body shape, one brand may work well for you but be a dismal failure for someone else. There’s no magic formula, and you may have to try several different makers to find the right fit — and function. For you lady cops, things get even more complex for us with our curves. The notion we must somehow look “hot” or stay “fashionable” is just silly. It’s not about being cute — it’s about doing a job. Our pants should not be WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

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