Brite-Strike's LED Police Cycle Gloves and Traffic Safety Gloves. Photo courtesy of Scott Smith.
Brite-Strike Tactical Illumination Products is a company that is built by cops for cops. A couple of patrol officers started it to build lights with features cops need and want.
Brite-Strike's LED Police Cycle Gloves and Traffic Safety Gloves are two examples of this. These gloves use miniature LEDs on power strips to give the motor or bicycle cop or an officer on traffic detail an added layer of protection at night. The miniature LEDs can be set to constant on, or fast or slow strobe, and then slipped into the strip holder in the glove. On the Traffic version the power strip fits into a reflective mini-stop sign on the palm of the hand. The Cycle version fits into a reflective diamond on the back of the hand.
These lights combine with the reflective bands to help draw the attention of distracted drivers to the police officer. This is most effective when the LEDs are set to strobe, either fast or slow. You could possibly set the gloves to both fast and slow strobe because you can insert two LED strips into each holder.
I found the Cycle Gloves to be comfortable while pedaling along on my Fisher while recovering from a knee replacement. I gave the Traffic Glove to my local PD to use and the guy who has been using them says they fit well and it's his opinion they do get drivers' attention.
The Brite Strike Cycle and Traffic Gloves with LED strips provide an added layer of safety for the folks on the street. If you ride on duty or do traffic duty, consider a pair of these in your kit bag; they may save your life. — Scott Smith
Smith Optics: Aegis Eye Shields
As a police firearms instructor, I spend a lot of time on the firing range coaching officers and shooting to keep my own skills sharp. And like every other shooter, I face certain potential vision hazards on the range. The unburned powder leaving the fired weapons, hot ejected brass, and ricocheting materials from the target backstop can all make your lights go out. So I want my eyes protected.
But as an instructor I also tend to wear out a lot of shooting glasses from positioning myself close to my students' trigger fingers. Often times because I am so wrapped up in coaching the shooters, the hot brass ejecting from their pistols catches me in the face. That's why I was eager to try out some new eyewear from Smith Optics.
The Aegis Eye Shields I received from Smith Optics Elite Division came in a complete package called the Range Kit. This kit consists of the frame, three sets of lenses, a neck retention leash, a cloth storage bag, a cleaning cloth, and a stout zippered carry pouch.
I found the Aegis Eye Shield lenses light and easy to change, yet robust and secure when I was wearing them. The lenses are held in the frames by a rotating hinge system that is simple to change and solid in retention of the lenses. Throughout the few weeks of wearing the glasses, the clear lens stayed clear even after being dinged by multiple pieces of hot brass and the shaded lenses were excellent in the blazing Arizona sun. But most surprisingly, the Ignitor lenses were useful in working during a rare overcast day as well as in the confines of an indoor shoot house. They really seemed to enhance my vision during periods of reduced lighting.
Some eye protection that I have worn in the past was uncomfortable to wear with headgear. I wore the Aegis Eye Shields with a baseball-style hat, under a Kevlar helmet for SWAT training, and with a bare head without any discomfort. The frames did not bother me at all when I wore them under my external hearing protection. The frames gripped my head lightly but well enough to keep them from sliding down my nose, even under sweaty conditions. I also never had an issue with lens fogging during any time I wore the Aegis Eye Shields.
I strongly recommend the Smith Optics Elite Division Aegis Eye Shields for anyone who has the need for high-quality, robust eye protection. — Thaddeus Benton
Magnum: Spider Urban Boots
I work in the Southwestern U.S. where the weather is most often warm and dry. Subsequently, my on-duty footwear preferences are for lighter, uninsulated footwear. Magnum boots have been a mainstay of on-duty police footwear for many decades and the company's latest offering, the Spider 8.1 Urban boot, offers everything I need in police footwear.
The Spider 8.1 Urban boots feature uppers made of full-grain leather, which takes and keeps a good shine, and 1,680-denier ballistic nylon. Well constructed and designed, the boots offer some innovative proprietary features, including Spider Mesh lining and M-PACT contoured sock liners. Other features include a non-metallic shank, Exo-Frame with fast rope system, and a speed lacing system with a place to store the ends of the laces in the tongue of the boots. This last feature is particularly near and dear to me as I prefer to have my laces tucked away to avoid snagging them on ground-level objects and for a neater appearance.
I have been wearing a pair of the Spider 8.1 Urban boots for about a month at work while running ranges and in tactical training sessions, and I have been impressed. They required little break-in time. And once I wore them around to get used to them, they felt almost like a pair of running shoes.