Uniform Ties: Should You Choose Self-tying or Clip-ons?

When it comes to your police uniform ties, you have several choices, starting with whether you prefer uniform clip on ties for your team or the traditional self-tying ties. Each option has its pros and cons, so the ideal choice will be different for each department. Some departments may even want to use both types of ties, preferring one over the other depending on the situation.

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Quick Differences Of Police Uniform Ties

Self-tying ties are the traditional ties that you tie yourself. They come as a single piece of cloth that is mostly a long rectangle but with a triangular tip, as you expect from a tie. To put them on, your team must know how to tie a tie properly. Clip-on ties have already been tied to create a traditional tie knot at the top and are attached to a metal clip. These ties just clip right into place and do not require tying knowledge.


One of the strong points in favor of self-tying police uniform ties is their versatility. Because these are essentially a strip of cloth, you have the ability to use them in many ways. You can have your team tie a specific type of knot, use different knots for different occasions or ranks, or even vary the tying method to have the tie hit the rest of the uniform at a different height. Because of this, a single self-tying tie can work with multiple uniform pieces from your police equipment supply.

By contrast, uniform clip-on ties are not very versatile. You can still use them with any uniform that requires a tie, but they will always have the same style of knot and length. However, this is not necessarily a negative point for some departments, especially if you feel no need to designate rank or occasion via different ties.

Ease of Use

From a pure convenience and ease of use perspective, uniform clip on ties are ideal. Tying a tie is a challenge for many people to learn, and even those with experience will occasionally make a mistake and need to redo it. In the best-case scenario, your team members will spend about half a minute tying their ties before they can begin working. In reality, however, using a self-tying tie typically adds a few minutes to getting ready.

By contrast, a clip-on tie will just clip into place in seconds. This saves your team time for other important tasks, such as protecting or serving the community.

Additionally, the ease of use of clip-on ties means that you do not have to waste time ensuring everyone in your department knows how to tie a tie. You can then put that time to better use.


There are two sides to the appearance consideration with self-tying vs. clip-on ties. Some people feel that clip-ons look less professional and are always noticeable. If you are of this opinion, you may be inclined to choose self-tying ties.

On the other hand, most people will not look at your team’s uniform tie closely enough to tell that it is a clip-on. Additionally, clip-ons are more likely to always be orderly and neat than self-tying ties. A self-tying tie’s knot could start to slip or can be lopsided or loose if done in a hurry. Since the clip-on has a permanent knot, this is not a concern.


There is also the safety factor, especially when the ties are part of your police equipment supply. If the tie were to get caught on someone, or grabbed by someone with bad intentions, a clip-on tie would be safer for your team. After all, it can simply detach from the rest of the uniform, and there will likely be no injury. By contrast, a self-tying tie will be wrapped around your team’s neck, making injury a very real risk if it is caught.

Because of the advantages of each type of tie, it is common for departments to include both uniform clip-on ties and self-tying ones, each for different situations.