Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-01-06
Cap - Round Crown for Sworn Members
Issue Date:09 November 2012Effective Date:12 November 2012
Rescinds:U3.0116
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.CAP - ROUND CROWN FOR SWORN MEMBERS
  • A.DESIGN:
    The round crown is a deluxe military style cap with stationary cover. All caps will have a crown lining of gold colored performance material, allowing the passage of heat through the cap and providing for the wicking of sweat from the top of the head; this material will be similar in construction and function as Coolmax. The entire tip, sides and back of the wool top will be stiffened with a full bonding of not less than .093 polyurethane foam. The bonding process and the foam will be drycleanable. After joining the crown and sides, the crown seam will be double stitched with a 3/8 inch bias-folded tape. All caps will be blocked on a five-piece block in live steam and thoroughly dried. All caps will also include care instructions for cleaning the terry cloth sweatband and manufacturer contact information.
  • B.MATERIAL:
    • 1.Prescribed:
      100% virgin wool, stock dyed, 14 ½ ounces
      • a.Raeford Worsted #460-96 or
      • b.Hamburger #967 or
      • c.Metcalf 1386-14.
    • 2.Field Option:
      • a.Tactel 3-season nylon (when wearing 3-season jackets).
      • b.330 Denier Cordura nylon (when wearing Cordura jackets).
      • c.50% Antron trilobal nylon and 50% viscose rayon twill (when wearing nylon jackets).
      • d.Mesh nylon -Ventilated 100% fabric -Midlon fabric 100% Nylon yarn, 2-1 denier, 1-2-3 ply (worn only between 1 June and 30 September).
  • C.COLOR:
    Dark navy blue
    NOTE:
    Color for mesh cap is dark navy blue #311
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    • 1.Sweat Protector: Centered on the lining will be a diamond shaped acetate plastic combination sweat protector and identification card holder. This sweat protector will be .007 gauge and measure approximately 3 inches by 3 inches. Protectors inside wool caps will be permanently imprinted with the manufacturer's name and will state that the cap is "Prescribed for Chicago Police Department Members."
    • 2.Eyelets: For police officers and sergeants, two round 5/16 inch eyelets, spaced horizontally 1 7/16 inches to 1 ½ inches apart will be centered on the front of the crown, 1 3/8 inches below the crown seam. For lieutenants, captains, and command staff, the eyelets will be spaced horizontally 1 1/8 inches apart.
    • 3.Frame Band: The frame band will consist of two plies of Midlon (100% nylon mesh fabric). The inside band will be white in color for police officers and gold in color for sergeants and above. The exterior band will be navy blue Midlon, die cut with 5/8 inch squares to create a checkerboard appearance. The bottom of the band for the wool cap will be bound with 100% virgin wool, stock dyed, 14 ½ ounce material. A second removable rayon embroidered checkerboard band will be provided with all caps. This band will be constructed with a 1/8 inch midnight blue boarder at its top and bottom with a center of alternating exact 5/8 inch squares of white and #N44 Midnight Blue for police officers, #195 Deep Gold and #N44 Midnight Blue for sergeants and above. This band will be dry-cleanable and labeled accordingly.
    • 4.Front Support: The front support will consist of one piece of stainless metal and a plastic holder. This holder is formed by cutting a piece of linear polyethylene material with dual slots to accept the stay and hold it securely; the holder will then be sewn to the inside front of the band. All caps will also be provided with a separate shield holder, measuring 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch, and made of stainless metal. It will be formed to fit over the shoulders of the metal front support and have appropriate slots to accommodate the shield posts. No staples or rivets will be used to retain this front support. This front support can be made in a keystone shape with at least one layer or nylon mesh, and supporting piece of ½ inch muslin covered twin steel wire. This stay will be completely covered with gold leatherette and attached by stitching to the cover at the crown seam and to the bottom of the frame. A 3/8 inch gold tubular rubber grommet, measured and closed to exact size will be securely attached to the top of the stay.
    • 5.Visor:
      • a.Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain: The visor will be shape #65, set into the frame at an angle of 55 degrees, and finishing 1 7/8 inches long. It will be made of two pieces. The upper portion will consist of a nylon base with a black japanned top; the bottom piece will be of .095 genuine leatherboard with an embossed hatters' green base firmly cemented together. The visor will not bubble, crack or blister.
      • b.Sworn Command Staff Members: The visor will be shape #65, set into the frame at an angle of 55 degrees and finishing 2 3/8 inches long and will be embroidered in U.S. Navy Commander's style with 900/2% gold bullion of a felt base. It will be made of two pieces. The upper portion will consist a nylon base with black japanned top; the bottom piece will be of .095 genuine leatherboard with and embossed hatters' green base firmly cemented together. The visor will not bubble, crack or blister.
    • 6.Straps/Cords: The sergeant's cord, lieutenant's, captain's, and command staff strap will be held in place by two first quality gold "City of Chicago" side cap buttons. The side buttons will have two pliable piercing pins. The cord and strap will be centered on the front of the frame band above the visor and fastened to the cap by inserting the piercing pins through the frame band and folding down. The frame band, removable checkerboard band, and strap may have two eyelets each. The eyelets on the frame band and removable checkerboard band will align with one another one each side of the cap on a vertical line near the ends of the strap or cord. When the strap or cord, frame band and removable checkerboard band are correctly positioned on the cap, they will be fastened to the cap by inserting the piercing pins through the aligned eyelets and folding down.
      • a.Sergeants caps will be provided with a removable 2 ½ ligne gold wire cord made in three pieces and knotted (Square Knot) approximately 2 ½ inches from each end.
      • b.Lieutenants and captains caps will be provided with a removable ½ inch adjustable gold wire lace strap.
      • c.Command staff caps will be provided with a removable ½ inch 990/2% gold thread lace strap.
    • 7.Sweatband: A sweatband will be sewn into the cap with a French finish so that all stitches are concealed. The sweatband will be constructed from terry cloth material 1 5/8 inches wide.
    • 8.Size Label: All caps will have a size label attached to the sweatband at the rear of the cap with a stationary cover.
  • E.MEASUREMENTS:
    • 1.The following dimensions will apply to a male size 7 1/8 inches:
      • a.Front to rear of crown: 10 7/8 inches.
      • b.Side to side of crown: 10 3/8 inches.
      • c.Cover Height:
        • (1)Front: 2 5/8 inches.
        • (2)Side Seam: 2 inches.
        • (3)Back Seam: 1 5/8 inches.
      • d.Overall Height of Cap in Front: 4 3/8 inches.
    • 2.The following dimensions will apply to a female size 7 1/8 inches:
      • a.Front to rear of crown: 10 3/8 inches.
      • b.Side to side of crown: 10inches.
      • c.Cover Height:
        • (1)Front: 2 ½ inches.
        • (2)Side Seam: 2 inches.
        • (3)Back Seam: 1 7/8 inches.
      • d.Overall Height of Cap in Front: 3 5/8 inches.
    NOTE:
    All measurements are plus or minus 1/8 inch.
  • F.MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS/LABELS:
    All garments will be permanently labeled with the manufacturer country of origin, size, fiber content, and care instructions. A label indicating that the garment is a Chicago Police Department approved item will be sewn inside the cap. The label will include the date of manufacture. The label stitching will not be visible on the outside of the cap. No manufacturer or representative may suggest that a garment is an approved Chicago Police Department garment without prior inspection of a completed sample and written authorization of the command staff member of the Research and Development Division, Chicago Police Department.
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
JAB