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  1. SierraEcho


    Potentially going to be working in plain clothes relatively soon. I have been issued the covert cover to go under my clothes, but how do you guys carry your PPE?
  2. plainclothescop

    Plain Clothes Operations

    Hi! I've recently started doing some plain clothes work out on response however we aren't issued covert body armour due it being an occasional thing. Any suggestions on what is the best clothing to wear to keep it as covert as possible? Stab vests aren't exactly slimming and look very obvious, especially for people of small and slim builds like myself. Thanks!
  3. Chief Rat

    Equipment / Clothing Links

    Here are a number of links to the most popular items that our members ask advice about. If you would like something adding to the list please either DM me or one of the Team members for your link to be added. What I would say is none of the links posted are endorsed by us here at Police Community (other than our sponsors Police Supplies). We are neither responsible for any purchases you make and you must check with your local force before purchasing any item to obtain permission to wear it on duty. If you aren't officially issued with it, you may find you aren't allowed to wear it as it w
  4. Wilts20

    Not wearing stab-vests

    Over the years, I've noticed that often (more in Spring or Summer time) officers will not wear stab vests, just uniform and a kit vest/belt. In a few different forces. A question - when is it obligatory to wear one, or is it down to personal preference, or perhaps it changes with each force? Cheers.
  5. Popeye

    Post your Tac Vest

    This is an extension to the Post your belt kit. Just wondering how people have their Tac Vest layed out. Please keep this post focusing on Tac vests only and not utility belts.
  6. SierraEcho

    Arktis Vests?

    Looking into "Tac-Vests". Arktis seems to be a favorite... Anyone here have any experience with Arktis? Are their products decent? What other companies are worth while?
  7. Let’s start with some basic info before we get into it; I am new to the job. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or be that Gucci wannabe, I just like to know where I stand when it comes to kit, and asking is the only way I’ll find out right? I’m a great believer thst good kit helps. It will never make you invincible , but if the equipment you’re carrying is decent, then I believe it’s one less issue to worry about when it hits the fan. So here is my question: I have been issued the “new” style Cooneen Body armour. I don’t like it. It’s bulky and uncomfortable. It sits weird ar
  8. PW90

    Kit Belt vs Tac Vest

    So I have just converted to using my force-issued Tac Vest after 5 years of wearing a kit belt - and I'm a convert! I find it much, much easier to wear, much more comfortable, and everything is easily accessible and not in the way when I am trying to get in the car at high speed! What do you all think?
  9. Chief Cheetah

    Extra stuff

    What do you carry that may not be issued but you feel should be? What gear/equipment can you recommend others get their hands on and carry and why do you recommend it?
  10. CallumRushton13


    Not sure if this is the right place so move if appropriate... Well Carlisle has flooded again, and I'm in tomorrow so will undoubtedly be on flood duty for the duration of my shift... anyone got any tips for kit that j can wear tomorrow?? Are wellies generally permitted or is it just a case of me getting wet feet in my boots?? thanks in advance!! Callum
  11. SW_matt

    Torch for open area searches

    Hi everyone, Having been an SC for a wee while i am going to be training to become a police officer in may. I have been gathering little bits of equipment as I go along so that everything is ready for when I start and I'm not forking out loads of money. At the moment for specialling I've got a normal cheapy torch, whilst this has done the job its even dimmer than I am and is absolutely rubbish for night time open area searches. I'll probably pick up a P7 as soon as they go on offer and are reasonably priced. Although I will likely be working in a city the city in question has a
  12. SteveMcS

    New Kit for starters

    Hi all, I'm new to the forum. Due to start initial training for PC in Norfolk Constabulary Jan 8th and just after a bit of advice. Firstly, my offer letter says to show up on first day in business attire. Does anyone know when you start wearing uniform? I only own 1 suit and don't want to go out and by a load of shirt if day 2 is in uniform. Also, the letter doesn't say anything else i need to take. I'm planning on the obvious, pen, paper, folder etc. But anything i should bare in mind? Secondly, is there any "essential" kit i should be purchasing now? I already have Altberg P1
  13. Joeclmn1


    Hiya All, Just completing my intial training, looking to purchase a torch wondered what your views were, is it best to go for a newer option such as an LED Lenser or stick with a trusty marmite?
  14. H-H

    Boots boots boots

    Evening ladies and gents, Just curious, how are boots issued in Kent to PC's? Are there standard issue now (applied a few years ago and at the fitting they told me to keep my altbergs from my old Special constab - which have since gone awol ) If not is there some kind of boot allowance given or is it just use your first pay? Cheers, A
  15. stoppedreality

    Kent Police Issued Uniform

    As someone has already done in another forum, I suppose I should do some grown up stuff. Can someone post the issued kit and uniform lists for Regs and Specials for KPS?
  16. Rogue One

    Best sepura earpiece for clarity

    Hi I'm looking to see if there are better quality earpieces available which would give much better clarity of sound. Just like high-end headphones - the sound is more better and less tinny... I know it would be hard as it is such a small speaker component but seeing what's out there.
  17. Toms


    After my hands feeling like icicles this week as I was outside for hours in a field I was wondering if anyones got any recommendations for a decent set of gloves that are warm yet still easy to use kit with. I'm really not sure about these "tactical" gloves that are on the market as they seems a little waltish and the issue leather ones I don't find comfortable or warm so looking to buy a new pair.
  18. Please bear with me, this is my last updated version, it is a little out but it gives you a good idea until I get the current updated one online PCW
  19. Paulo16v


    Hi guys, Recent new joiner to the forum here, got majority of kit issued to me last week from my uniform and due to be starting in the West Mids next month. This is probably a really stupid question and will probably be explained to me during basic training but in regards to the trousers, do they have to be worn full length external to your boots or do can they be tucked into your boots? (SWAT style) Again, I realise this is probably seen as a really stupid question but as a newbie it's just one of many that are rolling round in my head at the mo When I had my fitting the chap a
  20. Evening folks, Hopefully going to be transferring over to trackside if I am successful with my interview etc. I was just wondering what kit are BTP SC issued with from the start? Thanks in advance.
  21. Waddy1546080774

    Boots, Boots, Boots

    For about the last 5 years I have been wearing my old British Army issue boots, they served me well and indeed the boots would still last longer but I was going through laces faster than I could buy them in the last few months so I bit the bullet and decided to replace them. I spent hours trying boots on of all different types and makes. I tried heavy weight and light weight LOWA's, Danner boots, 5.11 tactical boots, heavy and light weight Jolly boots and one or two others I cant remember besides. I decided to steer clear of the magnums as I personally feel they are a bit of a false econ
  22. Crown Servant

    Shirts and Epaulettes

    When you get your combination of 9 shirts, are there any of the double-cuffed variety which would require cufflinks or are they all buttons now? Also, how would you be able to acquire another pair of rank epaulettes?
  23. Hi All, I know there is already a topic of kit and equipment in the general discussion however I would like to know specific details in relation to Devon and Cornwall so would appreciate if this could be kept in this header for all new starters, like myself, know when to receive kit and if there is anything we need to add to our Christmas lists as it's not included. Please could someone who has recently attested i.e in the last 6 months or so advise what kit is given to you, when it is given to you, how much is given to you and anything you have required to get to ensure you have everything
  24. Shmook

    What's on your person?

    So, on the back of the other threads about folders and kit bags, natural progression leads me to post this! what do you carry on you when on duty? as I started it, I'd best throw a list down... Duty belt with issued kit - pava, cuffs, leatherman, FAK, limb restraints, fenix torch, baton. edit, fenix and leatherman aren't issued, already had them Vest pockets, various ticket books, evidence bag, PNB/aide memoires, nitrile gloves, pens, keys, pen sized map reading torch, a couple of AA batteries and my phone. Radio is on a clikfast. Combats, warrant card, money, usually some painkille
  25. As per title really, a list of kit I have been issued as a Special Constable in Lancashire. I believe it has changed a little now, and I will amend or add to this when I dig that info up This was February 2014. Custodian - male x1 Flat cap - male x1 Bowler - female x1 Heavyweight high vis jacket with removable liner x1 Lightweight high vis jacket x1 Police fleece x1 Epaulettes for above 1 pair for each Short sleeve black wicking shirt x2 Long sleeve black wicking shirt x1 Epaulettes for above, 1 pair Black cargo/combat trousers x2 Belt for above x1 Bl

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