Historic uniforms

 Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
 Groveport Police historian Officer Ernie Bell created an exhibit on the history of Groveport Police Department uniforms dating from 1966 to the present that is on display in the lobby at the Groveport Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St. According to Bell, when the Groveport Police Department first formed in the late 1960s, its uniforms and hats were the same as the Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies. "This was because Chief Al Whipple came over from the county and already had the uniforms," said Bell. "Most suburbs at the time also used county uniforms." The department changed to all tan uniforms in 1978, which were hard to keep clean. So, Chief Roger Adams switched the uniforms to dark brown in 1981. In the 1990s the uniforms were changed again to dark blue, which is what the officers now wear.
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