Is LISD Removing The American Flag From Its Uniforms?
Apr 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM CST
Apr 5, 2013
The rumors are true. The new LISD police uniforms do not have an American flag patch on them. Chief Lonnie Cook says, "This past summer when we ordered new uniforms, we ordered the uniforms without the U.S. flag. LISD ditched the stars and stripes in order to make room for pins as part of a new officer awards and recognition program. Officers will be able to earn pins for accomplishments such as military service, education, and other services. The school district assures us the flag will still be an important part of the uniform. Chief Lonnie cook tells us the first pin every officer will receive as part of the awards and recognition program is an American flag. Cook says the new program will be a way of motivating and recognizing officers and says he saw the effectiveness of these programs during his six years serving in the U.S. Army. The decision is not sitting well with one local veteran. Gabriel Lopez of the South Texas Afghanistan/Iraq veterans says, “ No, no I don't think a pin is an adequate replacement, I think the flag should be there as part of the uniform. Despite the disapproval, Cook maintains he is a staunch advocate for those who have served our country and the new program is meant to support and encourage officers, and acknowledge their accomplishments.