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UK Police Wear Award-winning Uniforms


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2011) —The University of Kentucky Police Department uniform has won the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) 2011 Public Safety Uniform of the Year Award.  The annual award is selected from an independent panel of judges on a variety of different factors, such as: innovation and professional design, excellence and attractiveness, fabric enhancements, and identifiable accessories that fit the departmental requirements.

The uniform was submitted to the award competition by Galls, a Kentucky-based Aramark Company,  and manufactured by 5.11 Tactical®.

“The University of Kentucky police love our Patrol Duty Uniforms™ (PDUs); they have saved us a lot of money as well as given us a clean, professional appearance,” said Joe Monroe, chief of police for the University of Kentucky. “The quality is obvious because they hold up better than all of our other uniforms, even with all the wash, work, and wear that we put them through.”

Galls was thrilled with the top award in the University Police Department category.  “We take great pride and care in providing the highest quality products to the public safety and emergency personnel who rely on us for their professional needs,” said Galls President Larry Dismukes.  “We are honored that the NAUMD recognizes our commitment to support the men and women who serve in demanding jobs that protect us all.”

5.11’s new Patrol Duty Uniform™ is made of a washable poly-cotton twill that provides comfort, and the fabric is Teflon® treated for stain and soil resistance. “Many organizations and departments require the look of a formal uniform, but need the function of a tactical uniform to maximize on-the-job performance,” said Dan Costa, CEO of 5.11 Tactical. “That is why we created the PDU®, with feedback from real police officers, and the University of Kentucky is the latest department to embrace it.”

About ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel

ARAMARK Uniform & Career Apparel, LLC, is a leading provider of uniforms and workwear solutions to industries such as manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality, public safety and health care. Through its ARAMARK Uniform Services and Galls divisions, it provides rental uniforms and direct sale products to upwards of 4 million customers annually.


ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.

About 5.11 Tactical Series®

Located in Modesto, California, 5.11 Tactical Series® creates innovative, user-required products that enhance the safety, speed and performance of law enforcement, military, fire and EMS professionals worldwide. 5.11’s team of more than 300 employees leads the industry in delivering tactical clothing, uniforms, station-wear, outerwear, footwear and accessories. 

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