Equipment check: Tips for setting up your duty belt

A review of placement options for the basic equipment each officer should carry on their duty belt


Editor's Note: Some agencies are making significant changes to how officers carry their equipment by issuing load-bearing vests. For the latest duty belt gear on display at SHOT Show 2019, check out this review by Police1 columnist Mike Wood.

As a police officer, you are provided with certain equipment to perform your job. Some equipment you may purchase on your own, as long as it meets with agency policies and procedures. Review your policy and procedure manual prior to random purchasing. Most equipment after use is non-refundable and many of the items you will want to purchase are expensive.

The equipment you will have is divided into three groups:

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