L.A. Sheriff Is Spending $300,000 to Change Color of Deputies’ Belt Buckles, Other Items

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is spending $300,000 to change the color of deputies' belt buckles and other metal pieces of their belt gear from silver (left) to gold (right) so that the items match with the gold badges. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff's Department)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is getting down to brass tactics.

Sheriff’s officials are spending $300,000 on items they say would make deputies look more professional in their jobs and could help make them safer.

But the taxpayer dollars won’t go toward tools such as higher-quality ballistic vests, backup guns or body cameras, all of which are optional items that deputies have to pay for on their own.

Instead, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is spending the money on a minor cosmetic makeover of deputies’ uniforms: changing the color of their belt buckles and other metal pieces of gear from silver to gold. That way, the metallic bits — all made of brass — will match the gold-hued tie clips, lapel pins and six-pointed star badges that deputies already wear, McDonnell said.

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