There is no doubt that our police, SWAT, and other law enforcement agencies are constantly put in harms way on a daily basis. This is why it is critical that all safety personnel be equipped with the right tactical gear. While there are several items that law enforcement will want to make sure they possess, below is a list of the top 5 tactical gear items that are a must.
First on the list is a quality tactical boot. When most people think of tactical boots they think « heavy ». This is just the opposite of what you want. A good, quality tactical boot will be light and have almost a runner’s feel. Law enforcement have to be ready to sprint at all times and can’t be held back by a heavy boot, even one with a composite safety toe. Also, your boots should be waterproof and ideally bloodborne pathogen resistant. For easy access you may want to purchase a tactical boot with a side zip and always get a boot that has at least one compartment for a tactical knife or other pertinent gear.
That brings me to my second item; tactical knives. Choose from a fixed blade or folding blade but whatever you choose make sure you have one on your person. The need will arise often for a knife in both tactical and non tactical situations. For extremely quick access you may want to get a knife that includes a breakaway neck chain.
Third, is a back-up belt system kit. In law enforcement you will need all of the following pouches: A cuff pouch, a gun holster, baton pouch, Mace/flashlight pouch and a double magazine pouch. All of these pouches are essential to your everyday routine and safety.
Fourth, is the TDU belt in which to carry all of these items. Don’t just go with any belt. You need an Operators belt that can be used for things other than keeping your pants up or carrying your pouches. While all that is extremely important and you need a good holster belt make sure that your belt is made with super strong nylon mesh material in case you come across the need to use it has an emergency/rescue piece of equipment.
Lastly, is the gun holster itself. In the line of duty you must be safe and fast. While there are many to choose from, I believe those activated by the thumb are the safest and fastest. Choose one that also has the removable Chop Block feature as this prevents others from removing your gun during a weapon retention struggle.
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