Collections Spotlight: Uniform Coats

Collections Spotlight: Uniform Coats

The National Law Enforcement Museum’s collection contains a variety of uniform items, including police officers’ coats and jackets from the late 1800s to the present. The first police uniforms in America were based on the dark blue, military-style London police uniforms of the 1850s. This design has endured through time and continues to be evident in modern uniforms.

Click on the photos below to learn more about these uniform coats and the officers who wore them.

Uniform: coat,
NYPD Police Chief,
circa 1900.

Uniform: coat,
South Park,
Chicago, IL, 1910.

Uniform: coat,
Lincoln Park,
Chicago, IL, 1902.

Uniform: jacket, wool,
Boyertown (PA)
Police Department,
circa 1920s.
Uniform: coat, winter wool,
Lyndhurst (NJ)
Police Department,
circa 1940s.
Uniform: dress coat,
Police Chief,
East Cleveland (OH) Police,
circa 1950-1970s.


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