5.11 TACTICAL MULTI-JACKETS
Available through almost any major police supply company, 5.11 Tactical's multi-jackets are the ultimate in patrol outerwear versatility. The line includes the 3-in-1 Parka, the 3-in-1 High-Vis Parka, the 4-in-1 Patrol Jacket, and the
5-in-1 Jacket. Think of these jackets as providing instant layering against the elements. Each one can break down into lighter weight garments or they can be built into heavy snow and sleet shields. They also offer protection against rain. Some even come with ANSI visibility panels so that motorists will see you at night.
ELBECO MODULAR OUTERWEAR
Like 5.11 Tactical, Elbeco makes just about any apparel that you will need as a patrol officer. One excellent product that stands out in the company's outerwear line is its Meridian Modular Jacket. Made of 100 percent nylon Taslan, the jacket is water resistant, and it can be configured for a variety of conditions ranging from a light chill to freezing rain.
Some agencies may tell you what model and brand of boot you have to wear. Others will probably specify that you have black boots of a certain height. Either way, make sure that you have really good ones. Being a police officer is really hard on your feet, even if you are more likely to spend more time in a car than walking a beat.
Also, make sure they fit. You may be able to save a few bucks by buying boots over the Web. But it's best to buy them in person and try them on. And when you do try them on, wear the socks that you will wear when wearing the boots.
You want your boots to be comfortable, waterproof, and have plenty of grip. Here's a quick look at some of the leading manufacturers of patrol boots for law enforcement officers.
5.11 TACTICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BOOTS
Although it's best known for its line of tactical apparel, 5.11 also makes an excellent line of footwear. Key 5.11 boot models include the HRT, the Haste, the ATAC Shield, and the new Garrison. The Garrison is designed for warm weather duty, and it features a CoolMax lining, a shock mitigation system, and a Drilex lining for moisture protection.
BATES UNIFORM FOOTWEAR
Bates is one of the world's largest manufacturers of military and law enforcement boots. The company's offerings range from dress shoes to paratrooper boots. One of Bates' most popular models is the 8-Inch DuraShock. This boot is available in a variety of models for both men and women. Some models have Gore-Tex to keep the wearer's feet dry. All have Bates' DuraShock technology, which is designed to absorb the shock of every step and reduce pressure on the wearer's knees.