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New FORUM-DIRECT Law Enforcement Outerwear, Now Available for Women

New FORUM-DIRECT Law Enforcement Outerwear, Now Available for Women

San Antonio, Texas, August 5, 2015 — At the recent FBINAA National Conference in Seattle, Washington, FORUM-DIRECT announced new outerwear specifically designed for female patrol officers — its latest addition to the growing line of Advanced Products for Law Enforcement. Ike and standard styles of the popular GORE-TEX® Lightweight Patrol Shell and the GORE® WINDSTOPPER™ Patrol Soft Shell have been specifically tailored for female officers. Like the styles that are available for male officers, these lightweight products are engineered specifically to protect you from the elements when outside and keep you comfortable when you are in the car or the station. With this combination of protection and comfort, you can keep it on throughout the entire shift.

As the chair of the Delaware State Police’s uniform committee, Major Melissa Zebley understands the importance of having women’s sizes available for officers. “A professional appearance is very important to our agency, which means we want everyone wearing the same high-quality uniforms. For more than 18 months, we have been evaluating jackets that provide comfort throughout a 12-hour shift as well as protection from the elements. Beyond the obvious need for well-designed styles and durable performance, fit and the ability to customize the jacket were essential to our selection. If we give our female officers a man’s size small, they are still too big and look unkempt. Customization means selecting a jacket available in a range of both men’s and women’s sizes so everyone looks professional and is comfortable. We selected a jacket that enables us to add key features such as reflective trim to improve the officers’ safety, stitched-on badges so the officers don’t have to move their badge from their shirts to their jackets, and a Velcro strip for a name badge — customization that leads to professional uniformity.”

Captain Laura O’Sullivan, Patrol Commander with the New Castle County Police Department, agreed with the importance of a professional appearance and comfortable fit, and she also stressed the crucial issue of safety. As the vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAAWLE), she has heard many stories about problems with uniforms. “I’ve been on the force for almost 23 years, working patrol and SWAT for most of that time. I was usually provided men’s size small jackets, but I ended up not wearing them because they could compromise my safety. The sleeves were too long and usually covered my hands. Between that and having my duty belt covered by the extra bulk from the jacket being too long, it was difficult to access my radio, Taser, or weapon quickly. When dealing with a suspect, this could result in me being injured. For the past year and a half, I have had a jacket designed for women and that has made a big difference.”   

To ensure a comfortable and fit and professional appearance, the FORUM-DIRECT jackets for women can be ordered in Small to 3X sizes and in one of three lengths — petite, average, and long. For more information about Forum’s complete collection of law enforcement products, visit http://www.forum-direct.com or call 855-88-FORUM.

About FORUM Industries

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Forum Industries manufactures high-performance outerwear with GORE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® fabrics for law enforcement. Forum works closely with the law enforcement community to develop garments that can be worn individually or as part of an advanced layering system, enabling officers to create a personalized system to meet their individual requirements for comfort and weather protection. Through FORUM-DIRECT, law enforcement agencies and individuals can purchase quality outerwear directly from the manufacturer at an affordable price — eliminating costly distributor and dealer mark-ups. For more information, visit www.forum-direct.com.


 
LADIES SIZING IS NOW AVAILABLE!

LADIES SIZING IS NOW AVAILABLE!

FORUM-DIRECT unveiled the new X520W Patrol Shells this weekend at the FBI NAA Conference in Seattle.  This version of our popular X520STD and IKE Lightweight Patrol Shell has been specifically tailored for ladies, while maintaining a uniform appearance with our men's version.  Our popular WINDSTOPPER® R521 also has a specific ladies version, the R521W.   Both the X520W and the R521W models have the full range of options available, allowing you to customize your outerwear to your needs. 

Forum Industries Hires New Quality Manager

Forum Industries Hires New Quality Manager

Forum Industries' welcomes Martin Taveras to the management team as Quality Systems Manager.  His experience in DOD quality processes and systems administration will help lead Forum into the next phase of our growth.  Martin is an energetic and experienced manager with high goals an even higher morals.  With his help we will be expanding our production capabilities into more high volume linear manufacturing while increasing efficiencies across all operations.
Renovation of new Forum Factory under way

Renovation of new Forum Factory under way

As the production floor requirements increases so does the anticipation of the entire Forum team about moving into the newly rebuilt sewing factory.  This new facility will allow our production staff to immediately double and help streamline our production process.  The new office wing is also designed for expansion and a more professional working environment to accommodate our outerwear customer service department as well as a new product development area.
Eastern Chapter FBINAA in Gettysburg

Eastern Chapter FBINAA in Gettysburg

George Weiss attended the meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the FBINAA in Gettysburg, Virginia, April 21 and 22. It seems he has discovered a new family in Pennsylvania. They had some great speakers. We also had some very intense interest in our jackets. We got to meet the incoming President of the FBINAA. Laurie Cahill of Ocean County Sheriffs Office. 
One of the training sessions was by Amy Herman who taught the "art of perception". Never did a three hour training session go by so fast. The conference was held in historical Gettysburg. We had some of free time to see some of the historical sites, even from horseback!
Again, the comments about the new concept in our jackets meeting an age-old problem of comfort and protection from the weather with out the bulk and the ability to put it on and leave it on was well received. The folks in attendance were the lead coordinators of the 2014 National Academy annual conference in Philadelphia.

We are looking forward to the 2013 annual FBINAA training conference in Orlando July 27 through the 30th. Stop by and see us at booth 210 to discover our growing line of GOTE-TEX® and WINDSTOPPER® Law Enforcement outerwear products.
 
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