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Officer must-haves: Things I hope go on sale during Amazon Prime Day

These little extras can make a big difference in the quality of your police life

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There’s a feeling of confidence and control that comes from opening your trunk and seeing a well-organized kit of essential gear. It’s more than just having stuff; it’s having the right tools you can trust. A first-aid kit that’s properly stocked, a flashlight with reliable batteries, a multi-tool that functions flawlessly — these seemingly ordinary items become testaments to your preparedness. They’re a silent promise to yourself and your fellow officers that you’ll be ready for whatever situation arises.

But sometimes you want to have more than just the basics. You want tools to make specific tasks easier and to help you get out of a tight spot if needed. These little extras can make a big difference in the quality of your police life. Here are some of those cop-related extras I hope goes on sale during Amazon Prime Day.

AGM Global Vision Thermal Monocular

I strongly believe in prioritizing officer safety and leveraging technology to achieve that goal. Thermal imaging cameras can significantly enhance an officer’s ability to detect hidden threats in bushes, low-light conditions, or complete darkness.

Thermal imaging cameras come in a variety of options to suit unique needs and budgets. Expensive helmet-mounted units offer a wider field of view and hands-free operation but can cost more than $10,000. More affordable handheld options are suitable for indoor environments but can’t be used outdoors. The AMG Global Vision Monocular strikes a good balance between affordability and functionality. It effectively detects heat sources at a distance and the user can adjust the color palette to optimize visibility in various conditions.

High-sensitivity thermal imaging monocular with 256x192 resolution and 12μm infrared detector for clear viewing in low light conditions.

Telescoping Extension Ladder by Boweiti

A telescoping extension ladder has to be one of my favorite purchases. Honestly, I wish all departments would purchase these for each patrol. As an officer, you never know when you will need to look over a fence, climb up on a roof, or look up in a crawl space. Adjustable ladders are typically small and lightweight and don’t take up a lot of real estate in the back of your car.

The telescopic extension ladder is made of high-quality aluminum alloy.

V2 Pro Portable Air Conditioner & Cooler by IcyBreeze

For detectives facing long hours of stakeouts in stifling heat, the IcyBreeze offers a welcome relief. Just fill the base with ice and a little water and you will be nice and cold for about six hours. Unlike swamp coolers, the IcyBreeze won’t fog up your windows with humidity. Additionally, an optional battery pack eliminates the need to run your car engine, preserving battery life and allowing you to blend in with your surroundings a lot better. Stay on the eye longer with the V2 Pro by Icybreeze.

Dispenses cold, dry air up to 25 MPH, cooling up to 35°F below ambient temperature.

Patrol Bag Organizer by Tidify

Forget the frustration of poorly designed patrol bags. The Patrol Bag Organizer by Tidify stands out from the competition. Crafted with heavy-duty, 900D fabric for exceptional durability, this bag was developed in collaboration with the Miami Dade Police Department, prioritizing officer needs. It comes with removable dividers and a plethora of pockets to ensure your gear stays organized and readily accessible during critical moments.

Keep your stuff at an arm’s reach with the help of this police patrol bag.

Leupold BX-4 Pro Binoculars or Vortex Triumph HD

Another mandatory item for every officer should be a good pair of binoculars. I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time birdwatching on duty, so you will need a set of binoculars tailored for surveillance. Look for binoculars that do good in low-light and perform within a wide field of vision. The Leupold BX-4 is a great option but can be expensive. But if you are looking for a more budget-friendly version, the Vortex Triumph HD 10x42 is a fantastic alternative.

High-definition, calcium-fluoride lenses delivers incredible edge-to-edge clarity.
A full-size binocular with 1x magnification and 42mm objective lenses.

Walker’s Razor Slim Earmuffs

Safeguarding your hearing during firearms training is paramount. While departments often provide passive earmuffs, consider investing in electronic ear protection for several advantages. Electronic earmuffs typically offer a superior seal, blocking out harmful noise levels more effectively. Additionally, electronic ear protection can amplify ambient sounds, allowing you to hear your instructor’s commands clearly over the gunfire.

High-sensitivity thermal imaging monocular with 256x192 resolution and 12μm infrared detector for clear viewing in low light conditions.

A well-equipped trunk isn’t about having things; it’s about having the confidence to tackle any situation. With Amazon Prime Day on the horizon, there’s no better time to invest in the gear that can make your job easier and safer. Remember, a smart investment today can empower you to perform your duties more effectively for years to come. So, keep an eye out for these items and snag them at a great price during Prime Day!

Joshua Lee is an active-duty police sergeant for a municipal police department in Arizona. Before being promoted, Joshua served five years as a patrol officer and six years as a detective with the Organized Crime Section investigating civil asset forfeiture, white-collar financial crime, and cryptocurrency crimes.

Joshua is a money laundering investigations expert witness and consultant for banks, financial institutions, and accountants. He is also an artificial intelligence for government applications advisor and researcher.

Joshua holds a BA in Justice Studies, an MA in Legal Studies, and an MA in Professional Writing. He has earned some of law enforcement’s top certifications, including the ACFE’s Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), ACAMS Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and the IAFC’s Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator (CCCI).

Joshua is an adjunct professor at a large national university, and a smaller regional college teaching law, criminal justice, government, technology, writing and English courses.