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Description and Wear of Uniform Components
Handbags, Black, Brown, White (Females)
Article 3501.25

White Handbag


Brown Handbag


Black Handbag




Women may wear civilian handbags while in uniform in the manner prescribed below.  The handbag must be of plain black, brown, white grain leather or synthetic leather, rectangular in shape and designed with a flap (magnetic or zipper).  The color of the handbag will match the color of the shoes worn.  Dimensions must be between 7 1/2 to 14 inches in width, 5 1/2 to 11 inches in height, and 2 to 4 inches deep.  Exotic materials such as eel, alligator, or ostrich skin are not authorized.  The handbag may not have any visible ornamentation, decorative stitching, embossed design, or manufacturer’s logo.  The closure hardware will be brass-plated, silver or gold-colored (no over-sized buckles or string ties are allowed).  The strap (single or double) will be of the same material as the purse and may have a gold-colored or black-colored buckle.  Handbags may be procured from commercial sources, provided the above criteria is followed.  

Correct Wear 

Carry over the left shoulder or forearm, placing the top of the handbag at waist level. 

Ownership Markings

On manufacturer's tag inside the large pocket.  


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