There’s no denying that law enforcement is a dangerous profession. Each year, over 50,000 U.S. police officers are assaulted in the line of duty. Nearly 100 officers are killed, almost half of them die because of an accidental injury. Officers selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect their neighbors and communities, and they should be protected.
Here are three ways police officers can stay safer on duty.
- Supplement with Military-Grade Gear
One of the areas in which many police departments are woefully under-protected is gear. There is no national standard for police gear; each department issues its own selection of tactical equipment, sometimes amounting to little more than a uniform and a badge. The safest police officers make a concerted effort to supplement their official gear with high-quality tactical items. For example, police officers in districts that don’t issue bulletproof vests often turn to Vel Tye for quality Hugger tactical vests to wear in the line of duty. Other officers prefer to carry more ammo keep an additional mag pouch with them at all times. Officers should carry whatever gear makes them feel safe and well-prepared.
- Wear a Seatbelt
One of the simplest – and most cost-effective ways – for police officers to stay safe is to take precautions on the road. Nearly half of all police officers killed in automobile crashes on-duty were not wearing their seatbelts. Observing traffic laws and paying attention to the road can save lives, both of police officers and civilians. Officers drive within the speed limit whenever possible; nearly 40% of fatal law enforcement crashes involve just the patrol car and a fixed object, an indicator of excessive speed.
- Communicate Effectively
A well-connected officer is a safe one. It is vital for every law enforcement officer to stay in constant communication with their partner, the precinct, and dispatchers who may be available to provide assistance. Keeping radio technology at-hand is essential, which is why easy-to-access E/P keepers and radio pouches should be part of every officer’s duty belt. It’s also a good idea to maintain several communication devices on-hand in case one proves insufficient.
When officers are looking for safety-focused tactical gear, they turn to Vel Tye. We are a veteran-backed, U.S. company specializing in high-performance gear for military, police and first responders.
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