July 30, 2009
‘Cowtown’ Calgary cops to wear cowboy hats
Police officers in Canada's self-proclaimed
Cowtown of Calgary, Alberta, will soon be wearing standard-issue cowboy hats as part of their uniform.
Chief Rick Hanson said the wardrobe change isn't related to the city's status as host of the world's largest annual outdoor rodeo event -- the Calgary Stampede -- but rather in response to the officers' comfort, the Calgary Herald reported.
He said the force is also looking into alternative headgear for the prairie city's harsh winters, possibly similar to the imitation fur flapped hats the Royal Canadian Mounted Police wear, the report said.