There's not a lot of leather jackets in the police house in Drammen. Most of them have already been collected and sent to destruction. Police in Drammen replaced old uniforms last year.
"It looks like a tent when I take it," says Geir Oustorp. The head of the preventive section.
Now the leather jacket is replaced with an easy jacket for all weather conditions.
Come to the Olympic Games in Lillehammer
The black leather jacket was well received when it came in 1994 with Norway organizing the Olympics.
– It was something new, and many thought it was difficult. He had a reflex at the bottom and was comfortable and spacious, says Jan Distland; Head of Sales Department in Drammen.
But Dystland does not miss it today.
His fellow, Geir Oustorp, is also not sorry for giving up. The leather jacket was his first police uniform when he joined the police.
"We are very pleased that we have new jackets," says Oustorp, currently head of the preventive section.
It seemed nice when it was new
"The leather jacket was big and heavy, in the summer it was warm and in winter cold. During the winter we had to wear a thick sweater, says Oustorp.
– I understand that was good in 1994. But it's good to go further, says Oustorp.
Since 2017 police districts have constantly replaced old leather jackets. Since then, 11,300 leather jackets have been destroyed, says Teith Kyrre Dalsrud, head of the department in the joint police service.
Now a lighter jacket is available for all weather conditions in three parts, which can be used all-in-one or separately.
– Do you know anyone in the police who is now tired and nostalgic when the leather jackets disappear?
– No, I do not know anyone. Most people who have new jackets are very happy with them. And then I think leather jackets quickly fall into oblivion, says Oustorp.