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Dave

Utility Belts

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Dave

Ive noticed for quite sometime that all the police officers I see now wear Tactical Vests. Are these now standard issue or are utility belts still in use?

 

Within Border Force, utility belts are standard issue - however as many of you may have suffered in the past, the really do cause aching in the lower back after wearing for a few hours.

 

The only way to get a Tactical Vest is if you have an issue with your back and have been referred to Occupational Health and they deem a Tactical Vest a suitable adjustment.

 

Am I right in thinking that the reason the police went over to the Tactical Vest was due to issues arising with peoples backs due to the belt? Does anyone know if there are any studies available as to the use of utility belts?

 

Im presuming the main issue is budgetary. If thats the case, Im more then willing to spend £50 out of my own pocket if it means I can go a shift without having an aching lower back at the end of it!

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Mazza

Utility belts are standard issue for Police Scotland.

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Special Superman

in my eexperience it is mostly belts unless you go to occupational health then get a tac vest

 

thats mostly as taser in the force i was an sc in was always on pc's vests

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Collar

It would appear to vary across forces. As a PCSO I do not carry that much kit, but I've had what I have on both a belt and a tac vest, and I can assure you the vest is much better in terms of comfort and practicality.

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ldb225

tends to vary force to force. some issue exclusively belts. some issue exclusively load vests. others give you a choice.

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Uppy

You only get a belt in A&S unless you are in a "specialist" role (Taser etc) although some officers are still wearing an old style of body armour which had integrated pouches.

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stoppedreality

MPS only use belts as standard. Yet to see anyone using a tac vest (Firearms have sort of tacvests), although I believe there are different MetVest covers available. 

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ForceHQ

If you aren't allowed or can't get a tac best you can get straps that support your belt over your shoulders. Under body armour or a fleece no one would know.

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Hoofing

In Wilts we are issued both tac vest and utility belt. It's personal preference as to which you wear.

 

I personally wear both. I keep all my PPE (baton, cuffs, PAVA) on my belt and I keep all of my documents, PNB, etc in my tac vest. 

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Dave

If you aren't allowed or can't get a tac best you can get straps that support your belt over your shoulders. Under body armour or a fleece no one would know.

 

Didnt know about this. Dont suppose you have a link to such an item do you?

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Carlos

In Wilts we are issued both tac vest and utility belt. It's personal preference as to which you wear.

 

I personally wear both. I keep all my PPE (baton, cuffs, PAVA) on my belt and I keep all of my documents, PNB, etc in my tac vest. 

 

Same as West Yorks, we get both and you can mix and match to what suits you.

 

 

Didnt know about this. Dont suppose you have a link to such an item do you?

 

Think ForceHQ is reffering to something similar to this:

 

http://www.police-supplies.co.uk/belts-pouches-attachments/nylon-belt-accessories/load-bearing-yoke/prod_15.html

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AnthonyB

Belt only here unless your role or back gets you a choice of black tac vest or hi vis armour cover with PAVA, baton & cuff pouches. Fortunately l have the armour cover option, the belt was getting a bit much.

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RomeoAlpha

Utility belts are standard issue for Police Scotland.

I've only ever seen 2 Police Scotland officers with tac vests, both on BRC FIrst Aid duty (im not anything to do with the police). One traffic officer and someone I spoke to at TiTP when I took a vomiting drunk off his hands.

In my opinion people look very weighed down wearing belts only because they dont have enough room for their various pouches.

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Mazza

I've only ever seen 2 Police Scotland officers with tac vests, both on BRC FIrst Aid duty (im not anything to do with the police). One traffic officer and someone I spoke to at TiTP when I took a vomiting drunk off his hands.

In my opinion people look very weighed down wearing belts only because they dont have enough room for their various pouches.

I put all my stuff onto my belt/vest yesterday and tried it all on for the first time and DAMN it is heavy!

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TheFlomeister

We get issued both and I wear both. Tac vest takes most of the load as it has useful pouches and pockets, then my belt has my spare radio battery, first aid kit, cuff key and Maglite holder. The only thing I found with the belt was that I kept getting things caught when trying to get out of the car!

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