I could see why they are doing this, the CHP uniform I have with the polyester shirt and wool britches, gets hot, takes awhile to put on/take off, getting the britches lined up with the boots takes time, and removing everything necessary to relieve yourself takes some time, though there is nothing like that classic look!
: : LAPD has done this too
: ...though I certainly can see the importance of officers having the maximum protection and comfort possible, and that's what matters most. (Sigh) But gee whizz, couldn't they at least keep the tall boots?!