By Greg Hardesty-Behind the Badge
Although he’s only 27, when it comes to his uniform, Fullerton PD motor officer Kyle J. Baas prefers the old-school look.
Instead of wearing modern Kevlar-blend motor breeches, he steps into triple-thick wool duty pants — which are hotter and don’t breath nearly as well as the modern synthetic material.
And his shiny black riding boots rise to his knees — a style that has become less common with motor officers who prefer shorter boots that are more comfortable to wear an entire shift.
Baas’ uniform choice is about much more than personal style.
Holding his 3-month-old son and waiting for his wife, Jeannette, a records and dispatcher supervisor for the Covina PD, to return home, Baas gestures to a black-and-white photo on the dining room table.
In the grainy picture from the early 1950s, a handsome, square-jawed cop wearing shades is sitting on his 1949 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle.
The bike has headlights and a red light, and not much else — not even a windshield.
Source:: Fullerton Police News