NAUMD Names Best Dressed Public Safety Departments for 2019

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 NAUMDs 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, Supplier
  • 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 departments 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 NAUMDs 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, [email protected].

About NAUMD 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 large.

Steve Zalkin