I read on the Wilmington Star News forum that the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office again won first place in "Best Uniforms" by some law enforcement magazine. The same magazine gave the award back 15-20 years ago when Marc was a skinny pup working for Sheriff Joe McQueen. (I promise I will dig up those pictures of him and David Stevenson) Marc was a coverboy for the magazine posing in what looks like the same uniforms, who knows, it could be.
There was a picture in the WSN Forum of the second place finishers and it made me smile about how ridiculous all this is. Serious, I looked at the application and the judges don't look at the fabric, the uniform, they look at pictures of the uniform. And it's not even the magazine that gives out the award it is the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors.
In a press release from the NAUMD they said:
"New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Hayne, NC – Best Uniforms, supplier. New Hanover’s highly polished appearance aptly underscores the obvious pride they feel about the profession. Outfits are crisp, neat, and impeccable. Tan, the color choice for pants and shirts, easily identifies the wearer as a Sheriff's Office deputy. Brown, the color used for ties, pant stripe and Campaign hats, is a perfect outfit compliment."
I know the head of Best Uniforms was excited that his client, who I'm sure has choked him and pinned him against the wall at least once with stressful orders and demands, is now happy to hold in their hands the coveted trophy for best dressed county agency. Awesome!
But as Francis Weller pointed out to us all when WECT proudly gave the all important shoutout about this award, "The photos in the magazine were taken by WECT's very own news director, Raeford Brown." Well hells bells, that's exactly why they won. Francis was dead on when she gave a mention to her news director. As I mentioned earlier the judges selected the best (no pun intended) uniform by the photographs and Raeford was the photographer.
Now Raeford has quite the reputation as a photographer, especially around Carolina Beach because for years Raeford would work with teen models taking pictures of them in swimsuits, and those pictures I'm sure, were anxiously viewed by more than a couple of Pleasure Isle residents and vacationers.
So who better to take pictures of those people who proudly represent all those good men and women in law enforcement than the local master of cheesecake. It worked. Congratulations.