Obligation belts have all the time held nice significance within the police pressure. It’s the closing piece of uniform gear we placed on earlier than we head out the door and it’s nearly all the time the primary obligation merchandise we take away when the shift is over!
We hate ’em, we cuss ’em, we squirm round all shift whereas sporting them, however obligation belts function a mandatory means by which to hold that all-important police gear whereas leaving our fingers free.
Obligation belts limit our actions, hold us from sitting correctly in automobiles and hold us up on issues like seatbelts, and so forth. whereas exiting our automobiles.
The trick has all the time been to put on the most effective obligation belt we will, whereas hanging that essential compromise between security and luxury.
A little bit historical past: Within the previous days, Coppers solely needed to carry a number of objects: a weapon and a holster, perhaps a nightstick (which was often twirled on a leather-based loop and held by the wrist, not on the obligation belt) a “name field” key and a set of handcuffs!
Distinction that with at this time’s officer, who typically resembles a contemporary pack mule, loaded down with security gear.
The obligation belts of at this time carry a median of (10) ten kilos of kit, and typically even maintain as much as 15 kilos. The objects carried on the trendy obligation belt might embody: (2) two or extra units of handcuffs and keys, a flashlight, one or (2) two batons or influence weapons, LOTS of ammunition in heavy speedloaders or magazines, a tape recorder, O.C. spray and holster, a Taser and, after all, the obligation weapon. After all, add to this the practically necessary gentle physique armor all of us put on (which ALL pinches us between the underside of the vest and our obligation belt) and we’re carrying tons of uncomfortable, ill-fitting junk.
No marvel trendy officers all have backaches on the finish of the day!
Ask the office insurance coverage firms, bodily therapists, medical doctors and chiropractors who deal every day with law enforcement officials and their backaches, they’re going to corroborate what I am saying: obligation belts are breaking our backs!
As a result of extreme weight necessities of belt-carried security gear demanded at this time, it’s completely mandatory for obligation belts to be correctly fitted, correctly supported and product of robust, stiff-edged materials that may assist the burden of the gear with out “rolling” or “sagging.”
Moreover, the correctly becoming obligation belt cannot be overly stiff or restrictive, as this causes backaches or binds the officers needlessly. An ill-fitting obligation belt will sooner or later flip right into a well being and security hazard, inflicting pinching, fatigue, again ache, hip/again misalignment and bruising.
All law enforcement officials are constructed in a different way, with totally different physique varieties. Moreover, feminine law enforcement officials are constructed in a different way than male officers and require a correctly fitted obligation belt. Due to this fact, obligation belts should be made to suit all physique varieties, frames and sizes.
However, even when we get a properly-fitted obligation belt, constituted of the newest supplies, that is nonetheless not sufficient.
I believe we must always revisit the “Sam Browne” belts of yesteryear. Bear in mind these shoulder straps that helped maintain up the burden of the obligation belt? Earlier than they turned simply decorative junk on costume uniforms, they really had a objective.
Hunters and troopers within the discipline know that solely a lot weight will be carried across the waist earlier than fatigue, soreness and hip issues set in. Due to this fact, all first-class looking and navy waist packs (known as fanny packs) have shoulder straps to assist distribute the burden evenly.
Give it some thought – structurally, our shoulders are designed to hold and assist weight. As an alternative of attempting to maintain an obligation belt from slipping down round our waists by cinching it tighter and tighter, why do not we now have shoulder straps going as much as our shoulders to assist that weight?
Hunters and navy troops know that “fanny packs” can solely assist a lot weight earlier than they turn into extra of a hindrance than an asset. But regulation enforcement suppliers (and companies) proceed to perpetuate the issue by making the identical previous factor. The trendy model of the uniform obligation belt differs from the previous leather-based belts primarily within the supplies used for development. This permits for thinner belts, however who cares?
That is not the elemental downside, it doesn’t matter what difficult Kevlar backed materials you develop, we’re nonetheless attempting to assist 15 kilos of stuff round our waists by principally utilizing friction!
I want regulation enforcement gear producers would come out with handsome, correctly becoming obligation gear which has shoulder-based structural assist.
They do not must reinvent the wheel, navy and looking purposes already are shoulder supported. They might copy what works and provides us what we want
Give our backs a break!