Patrol Equipment Care Tips

Poncho Care
The following suggestions will help you get the maximum years of wear from your poncho:

  • Hang the poncho on a wooden hanger, with shoulders centered on the hanger arms.
  • Hang it in a place that is cool and away from direct sunlight and heat.
  • Make certain the sleeves are straight. Turned-back cuffs hold water and may cause cracking or mildew.
  • If dirty, wipe clean only with a damp cloth.


Belt Care
Your belt should be taken off during off-duty hours, rolled up and kept in a designated place. Belts should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth. Your belt will be bright and smart-looking if you take care of it. If your patrol belt needs cleaning:

  • Pour some liquid soap or powder onto a damp cloth and scrub thoroughly.
  • Rinse the belt thoroughly.
  • Artificial heat such as dryers or ovens should not be used for rapid drying.
  • Alcohol and abrasive cleaners should not be used.

Badge Care
Your badge should be worn only on the patrol belt. It should be pinned on the shoulder strap of the belt at chest level. Badges should be removed only when the belt is being washed. Removing and replacing the badge several times each day can cause the pin to break. Badges may be cleaned by washing with mild soap and water. It is important to immediately dry the badge. Polish containing abrasives should not be used to clean badges.

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