The Orange County sheriff’s office announced it would stop allowing its employees to wear orange jumpsuits, citing safety concerns.
Orange County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told the Orange County Register the decision to stop wearing orange jumpsuit is “due to concerns regarding the impact the clothing has on employees, their families and the community.”
The county has been facing criticism for allowing deputies to wear blue jumpsuits that don’t conform to California’s code of ethics.
McDonnell also defended the department’s decision to wear the jumpsuits.
“I know this is a controversial issue, and I understand that, but I think the Orange and County Sheriffs Office is doing what is best for our community,” he said.
McConnell told the Register the jumpsuit restrictions have been in place since the fall of 2016.
“It’s been a tough year,” he told the paper.
“We’re just trying to keep our community safe.”
The Orange County Public Defender’s Office also released a statement, saying “Orange County is committed to protecting the public and is taking the appropriate actions to protect public safety.”