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Battle over Phoenix Police uniforms continues

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The new dress code for Phoenix police officers goes into effect Monday and not everyone is happy about it.  The police union has spoken out against the policy and a grievance was denied.

So what's behind the controversy?

Police Chief Daniel Garcia made the change -- he wants officers to wear their Standard C uniform and no longer be allowed to choose between the Standard C and Class D.

What's the difference between these two uniforms?

The C issue is a dark blue polyester long-sleeve button-up shirt and pants, along with a metal badge and name plate -- Garcia wants officers to be instantly recognizable in the community.

Up until now, officers had a choice of wearing the C or the more casual D, which is a black polo shirt and black cargo pants.

So the argument from officers is the D uniform is much cooler and drier -- helping them on hot summer days.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association filed a grievance with Garcia's decision to stop the change and it was denied.

PLEA issued a statement:
"This is a slap in the face to the hard working patrol officers of Phoenix....Chief Danny Garcia thinks the citizens of Phoenix and his own Officers are too stupid to tell who is a Police Officer and who is a home invader."

PLEA says they'll continue to fight and they've filed an unfair labor practice complaint.

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