A few deputies in Bexar County, Texas, are rumored to have let out a “Yeehaw!” after the sheriff reinstated cowboy hats as an optional part of the dress code.
The move by the newly elected sheriff, Susan Pamerleau, overturned a western-hat ban that dated back nearly 20 years. During her announcement, she wore a Stetson western hat.
The news release said the policy change was greeted favorably by deputies:
“I have heard from many deputies that they wanted the western hat to return,” Pamerleau said. “They feel, and I agree, the hat distinguishes them from other police officers and allows citizens to quickly identify them as Sheriff’s Deputies.” [...]
“I think it’s great and it will do a lot for morale,” said Lt. Tom Roach, who has been with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office since 1985. “We are Texas Sheriff’s Deputies, and the time-honored tradition of the western hat should be part of our uniform.”
According an email from N. Paul Berry, chief communications officer with the department, Capt. Martin Molina (pictured at top) was “very happy” when the new policy came down. “He was around before the ban took place in the mid-1990s.”
Pamerlau’s announcement made national news, and led at least one media outlet to speculate whether the cowboy hats are becoming more fashionable.
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(Photos of Pamerlau and Molina courtesy of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)