Western headgear returns to Bexar County Sheriff’s office
By N. Paul Berry / La Prensa
Bexar County Sheriff, Susan Pamerleau has reinstated an optional western hat policy for deputies, effective immediately. The move brings back he legendary image of the Texas Sheriff that has been missing almost two decades. Pamerleau sported her new Stetson hat after addressing ommissioners Court today. “I have heard from many deputies that they wanted the western hat to return,” said Pamerleau. “They feel, and I agree, the hat distinguishes them from other police officers and allows citizens to quickly identify them as Sheriff’s Deputies.” The western hat was banned in the 1990’s by a previous Bexar County Sheriff, as part of a new uniform policy. The new policy allows deputies, who are so inclined, to wear specific western headgear with their standard, Class A uniform. During winter months a traditional, felt construction, “silver belly” gray hat can be worn. During summer months, the traditional, natural color straw construction hat may be worn. During inclement eather, form-fitting, clear plastic covers may be worn over the western headgear. The western hats with a flat brim, or hats with decorations, such as feathers, are not authorized as part of the policy. Wearing the western headgear is not mandatory. “I think it’s great and it will do a lot for orale,” said Lt. Tom Roach, who has been with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office since 1985. “We are Texas Sheriff’s Deputies, and the time-honored tradition of the western hat should be part of our uniform.” The new policy comes just before the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo begins. “I expect we’ll see many deputies wearing their hats at the rodeo and from this point forward,” added Pamerleau.