SAN ANTONIO -- Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has reinstated an optional western hat policy for deputies. The move brings back the legendary image of the Texas Sheriff that has been missing almost two decades.
"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."
A previous Bexar County Sheriff banned the western hat in the 1990's. The new policy allows deputies who want to wear western headgear with their standard uniform to do so.
"I think it's great and it will do a lot for morale," 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.