Police Officer Equipment

When you are working, you have an assortment of police officer equipment to use while doing your job. Some are obvious as they are the ones that people see all the time- on television, in the movies, etc etc.

There are also some that may not be so obvious. We'll go through some of them here, and talk about how they can be of benefit to an officer out in the street.

But remember, having equipment that looks cool is not what makes a Police Officer. You'll have to be much more than just the sum of a bunch of gadgets on your belt to be successful in this line of work...


Lets talk about the big one...the firearm. Everyone always thinks about the gun when they talk about police officer equipment.

The firearm is one of the most obvious pieces of equipment that can be seen on a police officer. And when an officer is in a situation where they are required to use it, it always grabs headlines in the news.

Officers may draw their firearm when in a situation where they must protect lives- either the public or their own. There are other use of force options, but the firearm is the big one. Obviously if it is discharged, it can be fatal, and because of that it is only used in the most extreme situations where lives are at stake.

What kind of guns do officers use? Well, it varies between the different departments. There are various types of pistols such as Sig Sauer, Beretta, Glock, Smith and Wesson etc...

Pretty much all the approved weapons are pistols, but in some rare cases you will still see officers carrying revolvers. These are usually officers who were on the job when revolvers were still approved. When the revolvers were no longer permitted, the officers already using the revolvers were grandfathered from the rule and allowed to continue their usage. All new officers were required to carry pistols...


The police baton, or asp is carried by officers in case they require a weapon where the usage of a firearm would not be warranted, but the officer would need the upper hand in a physical altercation.

Most if not all departments issue their officers with batons that extend outward with enough force. The officer holds the baton and makes a swinging motion, which creates enough force to open and extend the baton. The baton can be opened straight up, down, or in the middle of a swing.

Prior to the police baton, officers were issued a similar tool called the tonfa stick. These were phased out and replaced with the collapsible baton. The advantage of the baton is that it can be carried on the officer's duty belt.

Personally, I think the tonfa stick was great piece of police officer equipment, although it was more cumbersome to carry. Check out the video below for a look at what the tonfa stick could be used for:


Handcuffs are another piece of police officer equipment. They are used by police when they have to restrain a suspect. They are usually placed on suspects that they have arrested and taken into custody.

Normally, a suspect is placed in handcuffs with his hands placed behind his or her back. When a wrist is placed into a pair of cuffs, the arm of the open cuffs swings into the other end and closes, locking around the wrist using a ratcheting system.

A handcuff key (they are small keys) is required to unlock the cuffs if they are to be removed.

Officers usually carry their handcuffs in a pouch on their duty belt. Officers who are working undercover cans slide the cuffs into the back of their pants- one half hangs outside the pants in the lower back area and the other half on the inside of the pants in the lower back area.

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Well, what can we say about flashlights? Everybody knows how flashlights work. And if for some reason you don't, here's a quick rundown...when it's dark and it's tough to see, you need light. But how do you get light, you ask? You use a flashlight. It consists of a housing unit, batteries, and a bulb. Put it all together, turn it on, you produce light.

But, there is some more info on flashlights which relates to officers...

CLICK HERE for further info on flashlights

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