Essentials for the patrol officer

     When firearms, protective vests, holsters, flashlights and safety equipment are in discussion, they catch attention. But what are officers carrying besides safety equipment? The items in cargo pockets, shirt pockets and on the duty belt also...


     Because VoIP and cellular calls may not be tethered to a piece of real estate, it may be more time efficient for officers responding to have a longitude/latitude position location to which they respond. They could update their location by checking their wrist computer.

     The patrol officer carries a lot of things already. This list of patrol officer essentials should give the working officer some good ideas about essential equipment.

     Editor's Note: For facts on Hepatitis C, visit www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/fact.htm. To learn about GIS and GPS/GIS integration, visit www.gis.com/whatisgis/index.html or www.gisdevelopment.net/technology/gps/techgp0019b.htm.

     Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.

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