On Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, you will see Officers of the Canton Police Department (CPD) sporting a “new” look. Since 1987, Officers of the CPD have worn grey shirts and navy trousers. On Friday, the uniform worn by Officers will change to midnight blue trousers and shirts.
When Chief Robert Merchant arrived, he conducted interviews with all employees. He heard numerous concerns voiced about the color and quality of the uniform. Chief Merchant formed a committee comprised of employees from various work groups. He wanted employees to be involved in the decision-making process. Chief Merchant was pleased that a group of employees worked together and were able to present a uniform combination that all employees could agree on. In addition to the color change, the Committee changed the color of the shoulder patch and all badges/name plate for Officers will be silver. The design of the shoulder patch will remain the same reflecting the tradition of the CPD.
Officer Stephen Delman (pictured) was hired by the Canton Police Department in May 2011. He is a 2011 graduate of the Police Academy at Reinhardt University. He recently received the Department’s Life Savings Award for saving a person trapped in a burning building.