Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U06-01-38
Shirts - Long/Short Sleeves
Issue Date:11 June 2015Effective Date:11 June 2015
Rescinds:U19.0809A, U19.0809B
Index Category:Uniform and Equipment Specifications
I.SHIRT - LONG/SHORT SLEEVES
  • A.DESIGN
    The style will be coat-style with collar attached, full length tails, and regular or full bodied fit. Long sleeves will have barrel cuffs. The shirt will have two outside breast pockets with scalloped flaps having one button each. A full badge sling and shoulder epaulets will also be placed on the shirt. The back is to have a double yoke, with high lustre Dacron/cotton or nylon venetian band and yoke trim. Female shirts will be of female style and will be cut from female patterns. The uniform shirt as specified is prescribed for all sworn members of the Department.
  • B.MATERIAL
    • 1. 65% / 35% dacron polyester/Avril rayon, J.P. Stevens
    • 2.55% / 45% dacron polyester/rayon, Cone Mills #5/5024
    • 3.65% / 35% dacron polyester/rayon, Cone Mills #5/123/36W, Permanent Press with soil release finish
    • 4.Dacron polyester/combed cotton comparable to Galey & Lord #5/5044 or Springs Mills #5/2174 or #5/34081 (field use only)
    • 5.100% polyester microfiber
  • C.COLOR
    • 1.Police Officers: Delta #2362 blue
    • 2.Sergeants and Above: Texfi #60773 white or die colors of equal shades.
  • D.CONSTRUCTION:
    • 1.Collar, Short Sleeve: The collar will be a one-piece convertible type and die cut to ensure uniformity. The points will be no less than, 2 7/8 inches or greater than 3 inches in length and top stitched ¼ inch from the edge. Permanent collar stays of proper size will be sewn inside of the collar.
    • 2.Collar, Long Sleeve: The collar will consist of leaf and stand of two-ply with interlining in both, with permanently sewn-in collar stays properly positioned in each collar point. Collar points will be approximately 3 inches in length, 1 ½ inches in height at the back. The collar will be top-stitched ¼ inch off the edge. The collar stand will measure approximately 1 3/8 inches in height at the back and have one button and buttonhole at the front. The collar and band will be die cut to ensure uniformity.
    • 3.Collar Stay: The collar stays will be of good quality Stalar vinyl or mylar, approximately 2 ½ inches in length and 3/8 inch wide.
    • 4.Yoke: The back will have a double yoke.
    • 5.Placket Front: Left front will have 1 ½ inch turned-back salvage edge facing along front edge with seven well-sewn buttonholes. Buttonholes will be spaced approximately 3 ¾ inches from the edge. The second buttonhole is to be positioned approximately 3 inches from the top button, the balance of buttons will be spaced approximately 3 ¼ inches apart. Right front to have a 1 inch hemmed self-button piece along front edge with seven buttons to correspond with the left front buttonholes. Buttons are to be strongly attached through two thicknesses of material forming the right front and will correspond to each buttonhole. Manufacturers will use a placket front on long and short sleeve shirts.
    • 6.Sleeves, Short: Short sleeves will be cut straight and folded under ¾ inch and single stitched. The sleeve will not extend below the bend of the elbow.
    • 7.Sleeves, Long: Long sleeves will be cut straight and whole with a 5 ½ inches sleeve vent. Sleeve vents will have a top facing approximately 1 1/8 inches wide finished at the top with a neatly blocked point. One buttonhole will be placed approximately 2 ½ inches above the top of the cuff with a corresponding button on the lower facing. The lower facing will measure approximately ½ inch in width. The cuff will measure approximately 2 ¾ inches with rounded corners. There will be two buttons with corresponding buttonholes in the sleeve facing.
    • 8.Pockets: The shirt will have two breast pockets with a 1 ½ inches stitched down box pleat stitched top and bottom to prevent spreading. The pocket will finish approximately 5 5/8 inches wide and 6 inches deep and have mitered corners. Velcro (hook) tab approximately 3/8 inch wide and 1 inch long will be placed on each pocket to secure Velcro (soft) tab placed on each flap.
    • 9.Pocket Flap: Pocket flaps will be die cut and scalloped with a finish approximately 5 5/8 inches in length, 2 ¾ inches in width at the center, and 2 ¼ inches at each side. Flaps will secure approximately ½ inch above top of pocket. The left flap will have a pencil opening approximately 1 ¼ inches wide. Velcro (soft) tabs will be placed on edges of each underside of flap to secure to Velcro (hook) tabs placed on pockets. Flaps will have one centered button hole with button.
    • 10.Buttons: Buttons will be first-grade, white pearlescent plastic and 19 ligne.
    • 11.Shoulder Epaulets: Epaulets will be sewn into sleevehead seam and measure approximately 2 ¼ inches tapering to 1 7/16 inches with end pointed ending ½ inch from collar and fastened with one button. Epaulets will be box stitched to shoulders with a row of cross stitching 2 ½ inches from sleeve head and diagonally sewn from each end of the seam to the sleeve. Shoulder epaulets will be die cut and die creased.
    • 12.Sewing: Collars, shoulder epaulets, and flaps will be single stitched ¼ inch from the edge. Sleeve insertion and side closing will be safety stitched. All sewing will be 100% Dacron color matching threads.
    • 13.Nameplate Reinforcement: Two eyelets will be spaced 1 5/8 inches apart and will be placed 7/8 inch above the top edge of the pocket flap on the right breast, centered. Reinforcement material will not exceed 2 ¼ inches by ½ inch. The thread for the eyelets will be of the same color and be colorfast.
    • 14.Star Reinforcement: Two-ply, sling-type badge reinforcement inside left front of shirt 1 1/8 inches wide, centered and secured in left shoulder seam and left flap setting seam. Two buttonhole eyelets will be spaced at 1 inch to 1 ¼ inches apart, with the bottom eyelet 1 ¼ inches from the top of the left pocket flap.
    • 15.Interlining: Collars and flaps will be interlined with Stabilized Mello Press interlining, or Dacron taffeta full count 250 denier in collar, and 150 denier in collar band.
    • 16.Permanent Creases: Five permanent sharp military creases are to be sewn into the shirt with an additional two sleeve creases pressed into the shirt. Two creases on the front are to be centered vertically through each pocket and flap and three proportionately spaced creases on the back. Creases on both sleeves are to be centered on the middle of the shoulder epaulet. Sleeve creases will not be sewn in. Creases in cotton blend shirts will be formed using a Lintrack-style permanent crease.
    • 17.Size Markings: Size shall be marked on the inside of collar stand and on outside of left front tail.
    • 18.Pressing: Shirts will be carefully pressed in a first-class manner.
  • E.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 on the underside left pocket flap. The label will include the date of manufacture. The label stitching will not be visible on the flap front. 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 Director, Research and Development Division, Chicago Police Department.
(Items indicated by italic/double underline were added or revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
15-020 PJE