TPD History--The Uniforms
The earliest Uniforms were dark Blue.
Traffic Officers wore white hats while patrol officers wore dark
hats. From 1930 to 1952, patrol wore blue uniforms. Some time
during this period traffic began wearing gray, then green and gray
A. C. Mullins
Sam Adams in the 1930s
The uniform was described in an October 10th, 1934 memo from
Captain W.E. Bassham:
You are instructed to call immediately on receipt of this letter
to have your measurements taken for summer uniforms by Rowell's
Tailoring Company, 415 S. Boulder Avenue. The uniforms to be
of blue black mohair cloth and made as follows: four button
straight front coat; six button regular length vest; with regular
made trousers. All button to be new and supplied by
Rowell's. Price $28.50. Extra trousers, if desired,
You are further instructed that white shirts, white collars,
black four-in-hand ties, with black shoes and regular summer caps
must be worn with these uniforms.
On May 15, 1952 the department discarded the blue uniforms worn
by patrol and voted to adopt the gray and green uniform worn by
traffic officers and added the green stripe to the leg.
On February 11, 1970 the police department authorized officers
to wear the American flag on the right sleeve at the shoulder on
all uniforms and jackets. The flag patches were purchased for
the department by local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and American Legion Posts.
The Green Uniform
On the historic night of
November 4, 2005. Tulsa Police goes from Green uniforms to blue
TPD Earns Best