NAUMD Names Best Dressed Public Safety Departments for 2019

Awards honor both the departments and suppliers of the uniform

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#apparellt;/agt;–The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors
(NAUMD) has announced the winners of its annual Best Dressed Public
Safety Award® Competition, a program that calls attention to
the important role uniforms play in law enforcement and public safety.
The award celebrates the suppliers, law enforcement departments and
first responders that go the extra mile to create versatile, functional
and stylish uniforms that represent public safety professionals.

To some, uniforms are prosaic and ordinary, but to the countless
departments who have entered the NAUMD’s Best Dressed Public Safety Award®
Competition, uniforms have a greater meaning and purpose. “Uniforms have
a powerful impact on how employees are perceived, and this is
particularly true in law enforcement and public safety,” said Steve
Zalkin, NAUMD president. “In law enforcement, a visible, uniformed
public safety presence on the street, at a mall or other institution can
add a sense of security and help comfort the public or allay fears.”

The 2019 Best Dressed Public Safety Award® winners, by
category, are:

  • Medium Size Department: Toledo, OH, Police Department, Superior
    Uniform Sales, Supplier
  • Large Department: D.C. Metropolitan Police, Muscatello’s,
  • First Responders, Medium Department: Lakewood West Metro Fire
    Protection District, CO, Elbeco, Supplier
  • First Responders, Small Department: City of Oakland Park, FL,
    Fire Rescue, Global Trading, Supplier

Judges review each department’s professional appearance and uniform
diversity, paying close attention to detail and written standards. Since
many officers have specific assignments and patrol details, there are
many factors to consider, including the following: Does the uniform fit
the job function? Is the appearance neat and do the garments fit
properly? Most importantly, can the public immediately identify the
wearer as a professional law enforcement officer?

Now in its 41st year, the Best Dressed Public Safety Award®
Competition is open to departments across North America. Entries are
solicited throughout fall and winter, and winners are announced at the
NAUMD’s annual convention each spring. All winning departments and their
suppliers receive plaques.

NAUMD honored its award recipients April 9th during the
association’s 2019 Annual Convention, held in New Orleans at the Hyatt
Regency. For more information about the NAUMD or the Best Dressed Public
Safety Award®, visit,
or email Steve Zalkin,

The North American Association of Uniform
Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the
uniform and image apparel industries since 1932. Its 500+ members
include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms,
as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at


Steve Zalkin