The Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) Protective Services Group has donated some older, unused uniforms to the Uniforms 4 Kids charity.
Uniforms 4 Kids was founded by retired QPS officer, Yvonne Pattinson with the aim of re-purposing uniforms for disadvantaged children within the community.
In a statement, QPS said the charity was an innovative program repurposing donated law enforcement and emergency services organisations uniforms (which would have otherwise been disposed of), into beautiful and unique clothes for children who had a need no matter who they were or where they were located.
“The charity is an opportunity for front-line officers, other emergency services personnel and wildlife officers to connect with children and families in ways they are not usually able to do,” the Police Service said.
“In turn this creates a broad trust relationship that serves to engage with and protect children and their families.”
It said that since the program’s inception, QPS uniforms had been repurposed for the children of First Nations Peoples across Australia and also children in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Launching the initiative in 2019, former QPS Commissioner, Ian Stewart said that through the program, QPS uniforms were continuing to serve and protect Queensland communities.
Superintendent Keiryn Dermody, of the Protective Services Group, said she was proud to have the otherwise discarded uniforms go to such a worthy cause.
More information on Uniforms 4 Kids can be accessed at this PS News link.