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Waterloo Regional Police unveils service-issued ball cap

May 29, 2020  By Staff

Photo: WRPS

Last week Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin announced citizens “may soon notice something a little different in the appearance of our officers.”

By next month, the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) will replace its traditional forage cap with a service-issued ball cap.

“The decision, which is optional for our members, was made in an effort to address member feed-back and general modernization of our current police uniform,” Larkin wrote in the announcement on the service’s website.

“Replacing the traditional forage cap with service-issued ball caps will ensure officers are equipped with the most appropriate and functional uniform attire to carry out their jobs safely and effectively. As well, the ball caps will provide improved comfort and practicality to members as they engage in their duties.”


Traditional forage caps will continue to be used for ceremonial occasions and events.

The new caps will be issued to the following areas:

  • patrol,
  • special response unit,
  • sworn plainclothes officers,
  • special constables,
  • auxiliary members,
  • practical skills instructors and
  • sworn senior leaders.

The red caps will be issued to practical skills instructors during training scenarios.

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