So most Police Forces issue equipment when an officer joins and this ranges from trousers to handcuffs. Most of these items are useable and of good quality.
What we have found from various Forces is that Police Torches that get issued to officers are extremely lacking in performance and quality. Most of the torches will break within several shifts or people just throw them under the stairs, never to be used again.
Why do you need a good Quality Torch?
Police Officers work in all weather and all conditions. This means that they often find themselves in dark and dangerous places where no-one else dare to go! So when in these situations Officers do not want to be pulling out a low quality, dim torch as it is essential that you see all your surroundings.
When you’re in pursuit of suspect at night or during the day and they take refuge in an empty building, you need to be able to see.
If you’re on a drugs raid and searching through other people’s property in a poorly lit house, you need to be able to see.
These are just two examples of why officers need quality torches, ones that work and are reliable.
Police Torches – What the best?
If you look online there are hundreds of torches available and they all vary in price. The one thing that you DO NOT have to do is spend loads of money when procuring your next torch.
I think you could set the limit to about £20 and get a professional, reliable and affordable torch which will fit the requirements of a Police Officer.
When you’re looking for the torch there are several important factors that you need to consider when your shopping.
- Metal Not Plastic
- At least Water Resistant
- Pouch for the torch
You really need to make sure that the torch you purchase is of good quality metal or aluminium. Most torches that you see online in stores such as Amazon and Ebay are now mostly made of robust quality. Just remember you don’t want a plastic case, because the first time you drop it – guess what?! It will break.
The second factor to remember is that it needs to be at least Water resistant. You will find that lots of the metal/aluminium torches are resistant to water. It won’t always state if its water resistant but you need to be mindful of this when buying.
Lastly you need to make sure you can get a belt holder or pouch to safely secure the torch. If you haven’t got a belt holder or similar, you will find that you place the torch into your duty bag and it will get left there. So when you chase that suspect into the dark empty house, you’ll be kicking yourself when you remember where your torch was left.
Having the torch on your belt means it’s easily accessible in the times when you need it. Lots of torches don’t tend to come with a belt holder, so a little research will make sure you can buy a quality torch with a belt holder.
Examples of Quality Police Torches
Ledeak T6 Cree Torch
This is the Ledeak T6 Cree Torch.
It is a Powerful and bright torch made from sturdy aluminum.
It comes in this handy little protective box, plus it has a belt holder included in the box.
Lastly you get a rechargeable battery – although the quality of this is unknown.
It is run by 3 x aaa batteries and if you use good duracell batteries to operate the torch you will find it is very bright.
This torch usually sells at £14.99 on Amazon.co.uk
CREE Q5 ULTRA-FIRE
This is the CREE Q5 Ultra Fire Police Torch.
The dimensions of this torch are 9.19 x 2.49 x 2.49 cm
So you can see it is quite small and fits nicely into the palm of your hand.
Due to its size you won’t need a belt holder as it fits perfectly into any pocket or pouch already on your belt.
It maybe small but it packs a punch in brightness. Just remember to use good quality batteries to make the most of this torch. (3 x aaa).
It is made from aluminum and is water resistant.
The best about this torch is the price. It usually sells for less than £2.00 on amazon.co.uk.