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Fry

Does anyone carry a kit bag?

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Fry

I know this will probably vary depending on what kind of team you're on/role etc. When I was on response I used to carry a kit bag that could fit my hat/coat etc., along with various bits of paperwork. Being cheap, I just used a £15 holdhall from JJB, which kind of worked. Unfortunately, as it was just a holdall, paperwork and things did get tatty and now the whole bag has pretty much fallen apart after 2 years of being thrown around, so I'm looking for a replacement.

What do people use as a kit bag?

I know people use things of niton999 and patrol store, but from looking at some colleague's they seem to be quite huge, and looking at those websites, a bit pricey. In my current role I only spend about half my time in a vehicle, so I'm looking for something cheap and that I can just quickly grab.

I was looking at something along the lines of http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LSBYV6

Anyone with any ideas?

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LosingGrip

I have a couple, one from Patrol Store, no idea which one though.  Its too big though really.  Pain to carry it everywhere.

 

I currently have a kind of man bag from Tesco (when they had those stickers to get 75% off).  Fits my fleece, tac vest and paperwork folder in...just.  Anything else is pushing it.  Will be watching this thread to see what else others have as I do need something else.

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Chimera

I just bought a cheap, standard size backpack from TK Maxx as I didn't want to splash out on something that would just sit in the boot of the car all shift. They had quite a selection when I was last there so you're bound to find something that will suit your needs in terms of storage size, etc.  Mine has two main pockets that I stick paperwork (in a file to prevent it getting tatty ;)) and my coat/jacket into, emergency food supply in one of the side pockets and then spare batteries for radio/torch and other bits and pieces in the second side pocket. Does the job for me as I can just grab it out of my locker and throw it in the back as I please. 

 

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SW_matt

I'm a response officer and i have this one

 

http://www.police-supplies.co.uk/bags/patrol-duty-tactical/prod_195.html

 

It is really compact without being too small and has more pockets than you need

 

Mine holds

 waterproof jacket, lightweight hi viz, fleece, waterproof trousers, spare wicking shirt, paper work folder, ticket book, disposable gloves, leather gloves, spare torch, knife tubes, evidence bags, and water bottle.

 

However I have really packed it full but its worth it for such a small bag, I just sling it on the backseat or in the footwell. They will also put your collar nmber and initials on it.

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Klaus

 

I was looking at something along the lines of http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LSBYV6

 

Anyone with any ideas?

 

I'm planning on getting a backpack like that one (but in black) myself. I do have the PatrolStore kitbag (http://www.patrolstore.com/Op-Zulu-Duty-Kit-Bag.html) which is absolutely amazing, and perfect for the back seat of a car and could carry anything you'd ever need. But I'd like something a little smaller for times when I have to pack light.

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Policey_Man

I was looking at something along the lines of http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LSBYV6

 

Anyone with any ideas?

 

I have this one, it's become quite popular of late, and I highly recommend it. It is very durable, great variety of pockets all of which are easily accessible and the bag its great whether it's half full or you're pushing the limits and carrying the world in it. To be honest, I'm actually amazed at the amount of stuff I have been able to fit in mine and it's all very well organised too.

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Policey_Man

I'm planning on getting a backpack like that one (but in black) myself. I do have the PatrolStore kitbag (http://www.patrolstore.com/Op-Zulu-Duty-Kit-Bag.html) which is absolutely amazing, and perfect for the back seat of a car and could carry anything you'd ever need. But I'd like something a little smaller for times when I have to pack light.

 

A bag that needs to be on the back seat of a car instead of in the boot is no good at all. You'll need to use those back seats and when you do, that bag will be a pain.

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Fry
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I'm planning on getting a backpack like that one (but in black) myself. I do have the PatrolStore kitbag (http://www.patrolstore.com/Op-Zulu-Duty-Kit-Bag.html) which is absolutely amazing, and perfect for the back seat of a car and could carry anything you'd ever need. But I'd like something a little smaller for times when I have to pack light.

 

A lot of people seem to have the patrol store one; they are massive and I've seen people struggling to get two of them into the boot of a car.  It's not ideal to rely on the back seat; you might need that for prisoners/victims/witnesses/colleagues etc. It's why I was looking for something smaller.  That and when the whole nick has identical bags people pick up the wrong ones.

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Sir Penguin

my force issued me one which which is ideal really

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PCSD

my force issued me one which which is ideal really

The massive black kit bags that can fit a full uniform/armour/helmet lot are massive and when filled don't allow space for two in the Hyundais...

 

I carry one of the Niton Basic ones, its small and compact but still allows me to fit a lightweight hi-vis, traffic companion and NiteRedi storage board, as well as water/food and Beat/Traffic officers companion books, scene tape and breathalyser tubes etc, with space in the outer pockets still.

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andi

I've got one of those molle bags, just in black.

I think it's perfect for me. Most officers I've worked with use a satchel type bag (mostly the ones the GMP fed give out), I can only think of one who uses a proper kit bag.

Mine contains:

A folder for paperwork

An A4 leather bound notepad for notes/leaning on

A traffic book

A camera

My Sat Nav

Spare cuffs

Evidence bags/tags

First aid stuff

Spare pens

Drop key

Spare batteries

And probably some other stuff I've shoved in over time

I know I can grab that, and a jacket and I'm good to go.

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DonJuan999mk2

65 litre Karrimor SF series which I got 2nd hand from eBay for a 10er !

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mrmajestyk

Big black rucksack rammed full of MG11's, obscure forms, evidence bags and boxes, hi viz, flat cap, first aid kit etc.

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HazRat

I've got this one http://www.police-supplies.co.uk/duty-bags-rucksacks-cases/patrol-and-tactical-bags/special-operations-backpack/rucksack/prod_333.html and would highly recommend it. It carries wet weather trousers, hi vis over jacket, overalls, various spare pads and books, clip board, 25m tape measure and a few other bits for when I am in a car. As I swap between cars and bikes I carry my everyday essential items in a pannier bag (tread depth gauge, heat sensor, tacho chart reader, beanie hat, PDA paper etc etc).

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Shmook

I was looking at something along the lines of http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LSBYV6

Anyone with any ideas?

I got the same bag in black off eBay for under £12 delivered. They may do other colours, not sure.

It's great for the money, one zip is a bit stiff but that's he only issue. Was shipped from the UK too, only took a couple of days to arrive.

I didn't get it for police work, use it for my day job, but am tempted to get another for coppering!

I'll post a link in a minute :)

Edit, ebay link

Edited by Shmook

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