By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Property inspectors in Philadelphia are getting a new look: gone are the traditional t-shirt and jeans, replaced with what the mayor says is professional attire.

Inspectors with the Department of Licenses and Inspections have never had a dress code. But now they have to wear specially-designed collared shirts that include the department’s logo and name, along with jackets and either khaki or navy pants.

Mayor Nutter says this is a step toward greater professionalism within the ranks of L&I. And he says it will hinder scammers who might pose as inspectors.

“Unfortunately, there are scammers out there, people who try to take advantage, especially those who may be seniors or vulnerable populations. And we want to make sure that folks know what the actual look is, what they should be looking for.”

The clothing is being issued by the department to its 110 inspectors, and the $42,000 initial cost born by the city, not the workers.

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