COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Officers with the Muscogee County Marshal's Office will soon be sporting new, high tech uniforms thanks to a popular social networking site.
Sergeant Rick Bowers, who has been with the Marshal's Office for nine years and in local law enforcement for 22 years, entered a contest on Facebook back in November.
Up for grabs were top-of-the-line uniforms created by Blauer Manufacturing, a company that specializes in clothing for public safety officers.
Sergeant Bowers was randomly selected as the winner out of more than 3,000 entries nationwide.
The contest challenged Facebook account holders to 'like' Blauer's page and post their department name for a chance to win.
"The goal of these contests is twofold – to gain and engage followers of Blauer's page and get new products in the hands of users," Ali Blauer of Blauer Manufacturing explains. "Social media has become a great tool for creating conversation with and amongst our customers. We use Facebook to solicit feedback, share new product information, and occasionally give away free product."
In a special presentation Tuesday, the Marshal's Office was presented with Blauer's "SuperShirts"- what the company calls the most innovative uniform in the market today, with special features like deploy on demand 3M ScotchliteTM Reflective Material for high visibility at a moment's notice, stretch nylon mesh side panels for improved fit and breathability, and hidden special function pockets. The SuperShirt is also the only police shirt specifically designed to integrate the Taser®AXONTM system.