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JUL 2018

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PoliceMag.com 39 TRU-SPEC T.R.U. DEFENDER SHIRT e days of the traditional polyester po- lice uniform are slowly coming to an end. New fabrics, designs, and operational re- quirements have answered officers' calls for a more functional and comfortable uniform. One of the most welcomed in- novations we've seen in recent years is the shift toward exterior body armor systems. ese new vests can be made to look just like the traditional button-down shirts but are more comfortable and breathable, and allow the officer to remove their ar- mor easily when in the station for a quick cool-down. Since these new vests cover up the majority of the shirt underneath there is no longer a need for the added bulk of a standard button-down shirt. We really only need the sleeves and collar to look the part. Tru-Spec's newest Tactical Response Uniform, or "T.R.U.," series De- fender shirt does exactly that. Made from a blend of poly-cotton rip- stop fabric on the sleeves and upper torso, the Defender has a clean and crisp ap- pearance with excellent durability. e upper torso has a three-button opening with a Byron collar that won't wrinkle or roll up and the sleeves have buttoned cuffs to give the shirt a professional ap- pearance. e Defender even comes with a set of epaulettes that can be sewn on to complete the package. Worn under a vest you'd never know it wasn't your average Class-A shirt. e torso of the shirt is where the De- fender sets itself apart; made from a form- fitting yet flexible Drirelease fabric that is incredibly comfortable, flexible, and most importantly breathable. Tru-Spec claims it'll keep you 7 degrees cooler than the competition and the Fresh Guard treat- ment is naturally antibacterial to keep you smelling fresh. It also offers an athletic fit for a clean uniform appearance. No more bulky shirt fabric sticking out from under your armor. If you're used to wearing a modern combat shirt in a tactical configuration the Defender will feel very familiar as the concept is the same. I wore mine for a few days and have to say it was one of the most comfortable uniform shirts I've ever tried. If you're looking for that perfect balance between comfort and professional the Defender might be the answer. Available in nav y blue, black, and OD green, the Defender can fit a variety of uniform con- figurations, and at a price of $63.95 direct from Tru-Spec it is a bargain. See the full specs at www.truspec.com. • Byron collar with three-button placket for a professional dress appearance • Durable polyester-cotton rip-stop sleeves and upper torso for abrasion resistance • Traditional shirt sleeve button cuffs and placket • drirelease fabric from mid-torso down for greater range of motion, moisture wicking, and fast drying capabilities • Contoured torso shape for athletic fit • Epaulet and badge kit included but not attached COLORS: Navy, black, olive drab SIZES: XSmall Regular–3XLarge Regular, Medium–2XLarge Long PRICE: $63.95 www.truspec.com https://www.truspec.com/uniforms/tactical- response-uniform-tru/tru-defender-shirt TRU-SPEC T.R.U. DEFENDER SHIRT A.J. George is a sergeant with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department assigned to the Technical Operations Unit, Special Inves- tigations Section. He has more than a de- cade of law enforcement experience in pa- trol, field training, and traffic enforcement.

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