Different accessories are available to help make law enforcement jobs easier, safer and more efficient. Departments and individuals have different preferences and requirements, depending on the type of daily operation. A wide variety of items can be added to a duty belt for quick, convenient access when needed. Duty Gear is available in different shapes, sizes and materials to meet all personal and departmental preferences.
Pouches are the most common types of duty gear. They carry everything from gloves to handcuffs to chemical agents. They are designed to conceal the identity and accessibility of the item inside. A specially designed mag pouch will carry single or double clips for the weapon of choice. They are available in vertical or horizontal styles. Radio pouches can be custom design, universal or molded fit. A quick release is a bonus feature offered by some manufacturers for volatile situations.
Holsters can be affixed to the belt for safe and convenient access. They allow the weapon to be stationary in molded form-fitting holsters or universal fit styles. Holsters should be strong and durable to prevent wear and accidental discharge or loss of the law enforcement officer’s gun. Most holsters have adjustable angles to meet the preferences of the individual. Stun gun holsters are specially designed for the weapon, with taser cartridge cases available separately. Both can be worn together on the belt.
A Duty Gear can be made of nylon, leather and a combination of treated materials. Strength, durability and resistance to moisture, heat and blood-borne pathogens is a top selling point for belts. They must be able to support the accessories clipped or looped to them, be comfortable, lightweight and not wear excessively. The buckle must be reliable and secure. Traditional duty gear belts can be worn overtop regular belts and removed when not needed. A loop system is a common means of attaching the belts to each other.
Cases provide a professional way to carry everyday items without disrupting operations. A silent key case, for example, is important for situations where silence is a matter of life and death. Folding knife cases prevent injury and weapon loss. They are usually closed with a sturdy fastener to prevent the knife from coming out unexpectedly or being removed by an attacker. In fact, most items kept in cases are concealed within the compartment to prevent people from seeing exactly what is being worn on the belt.