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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 leather or synthetic leather, generally rectangular or square in shape with magnetic or zipper closure.  The color of the handbag will match the color of the shoes worn.  Dimensions must be between 5 1/2 to 16 inches in width, 5 1/2 to 14 inches in height, and 2 to 6 inches in depth.  The handbag may have one visible manufacturer's logo that does not exceed 2 inches in height by 2 inches in depth by 2 inches in width.  Exotic materials such as eel, alligator, or ostrich skin are not authorized.  The handbag may not have any visible ornamentation, decorative stitching or embossed designs (excluding authorized logo mentioned above).  Women may wear civilian handbags with or without flaps while in uniform.  The closure hardware will be black, 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 handbag and may have a silver-colored, gold-colored or black-colored buckle.  Handbags may be procured from commercial sources, provided the above criteria are followed.

Correct Wear 

Carry over the left shoulder, on the left forearm or in the left hand.  When carried over the shoulder or on the forearm, place the body of the handbag between the natural waist and upper most part of the hip.

Ownership Markings

On manufacturer's tag inside the large pocket.  


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