Gear Up for Duty: The Ultimate Equipment Checklist for UK Police Officers

Being a police officer is a challenging and demanding profession that requires dedication, skill, and the right tools. All of this is essential to ensure the safety of both officers and the general public. In this blog post, we will provide you with the ultimate equipment checklist to help you gear up for duty and perform your job with confidence.

Uniform and Protective Gear:

A police officer's uniform serves multiple purposes, including identification, authority, and protection. Make sure you have the following items:

  • High-vis jacket or vest which is essential during traffic control or patrol duties.
  • Trousers and shirt: Opt for durable and comfortable options as you will be wearing them for long periods of time.
  • Boots with slip-resistant soles waterproofing and side zips will allow for the most protection. However not all of these are essential, however you may want a pair of waterproof boots to ensure your feet stay dry all year round
  • Protective gear: This includes gloves, and a helmet, depending on the nature of your duties as well as a good quality pair of handcuffs for your safety.

Communication Equipment:

Effective communication is crucial for coordination and response so ensure you have the following communication tools:

  • Radio: A reliable two-way radio for immediate communication with colleagues and control rooms.
  • Earpiece and microphone: Hands-free communication is essential in dynamic situations and will come in handy in more difficult situations too. 

Self-Defence and Restraint Equipment:

Police officers may face situations that require self-defence or restraint techniques. Make sure you have the appropriate tools which will only be issued once you have passed your training:

  • Baton: A collapsible baton for non-lethal self-defence and control of suspects but these will only ever be issued from your force.
  • Pepper spray: A small canister for to temporarily stopping a threat
  • Handcuffs: Sturdy handcuffs to safely restrain and transport suspects.

Traffic Control Equipment:

For officers involved in traffic control duties, the following equipment is essential:

  • High-vis traffic cones: Used to create a safe perimeter and direct traffic flow.
  • Warning lights: Portable lights or flares to signal hazards or direct traffic during emergencies.
  • Breathalyzer: To test drivers suspected of driving under the influence 

Evidence Gathering and Documentation:

Collecting evidence and documenting incidents accurately is crucial in law enforcement. Carry these items to facilitate the process:

  • Digital camera: Capture high-resolution photos of crime scenes, evidence, or accidents.
  • Notebooks and pens: Keep a well-organised record of incidents, statements, or observations.
  • Evidence bags and markers: Securely store and label collected evidence to maintain its integrity.

Equipping yourself with the right tools is essential for UK police officers to perform their duties effectively and safely, so take a look at some of our most popular categories below:

  • Tactical Boots - Here
  • Tactical Trousers - Here
  • Tactical Bags & Backpacks - Here
  • Torches - Here
  • Tactical Duty Vests - Here

Postal Rates:

Order Value Standard Delivery
(Royal Mail 'Tracked 48'. 2 to 3 working days)
Express Delivery
(Royal Mail 'Tracked 24'. 1 to 2 working days)
Priority Delivery
(DPD - next working day courier). Orders placed by 3pm
Under £15 £3.49 £5.99 £8.99
Over £15 £6.99 £7.99 £8.99
  • Priority Delivery will require a signature on delivery.
  • Please note all orders need to be placed before 3pm online (or 2.30pm if placed by phone), Monday-Friday in order to benefit from same day dispatch. (Excludes Bank Holidays and stated closed days).
  • Postage rates apply to online orders with total weights under 10kg.
  • Next working day courier to UK overseas addresses, Northern Ireland and the highlands of Scotland do not count as mainland UK and will be charged at £19.99 (Royal Mail options are the same as for the UK).
  • Orders to BFPO addresses will be sent Standard Royal Mail 48. Although BFPO orders will be shipped the same day, please allow additional delivery time to arrive at the final destination address.
  • Orders to the Republic of Ireland will be charged at £19.99 and are sent Royal Mail International delivery

Other Postage T&Cs

1. Refusal to accept delivery of an order will result in a £15 deduction from the refund against the cost of goods.

2. If you need your order re-consigned to a new address, (excluding a neighbours) after dispatch a £10 surcharge may be applied to cover the courier fees.

3. If you are unable to receive a delivery and the goods are returned to us, a second postage equal to the original will be required to re-dispatch the goods, or if a refund is requested, a £15 deduction will be applied.

4. Please ensure that you enter a complete and accurate delivery address as cannot be held responsible for items which go missing or are delayed due to inaccurate or incomplete delivery address information.

5. 'Standard Delivery' and 'Express Delivery' are not signed-for services and are not considered lost until 15 working days have passed from the date of dispatch. Once 15 working days have expired we will provide a replacement via a courier or special delivery service. We regret that we cannot refund such items that are lost, or send replacements before the 15 working day period. Please choose 'Priority' delivery if you require items urgently.

6. Postcodes for Highlands and Islands of Scotland, N Ireland, Isle of Man & Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and Isle of Wight are: FK17-99, G83, KW1-14, IV, HS, KA27-28, PA20-49, PA60-78, PH15-26, PH30-44, PH49-50, ZE, AB51

7. Guarantee: If your order does not arrive within the specified time frame for your delivery address, we will refund the full cost of your postage and packing to you.

8. Please call to discuss deliveries weighing more than 10Kg : 0800 999 4411

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