Duty Belt or Police Vest? What is the preferred option?


Most Police Forces issue Police Officers Belts and pouches to hold all their duty appointments. However there are people who do buy their own kit which includes Police Vests, and there are very few Police Forces that issue vests due to cost implications.

Whilst you can get your hands on either of these systems, which is the better? and which is the safer option? Both hold all the same type of police kit including ASP, Handcuffs, Note book, Keys, multi tool, First Aid kit and more.

You also have to remember that Police Officers need to make quick decisions regarding what piece of kit to use, remembering all tactical options available – so having your equipment ready is vital.


Belt kit systems are simple, they comprise of a police belt and then you add the pouches and holders as you need them. There are many different types of pouches available and each one is designed to provide officers with comfort and ease of access. Plus you can now get docking clips for your radio which attach to your belt – very handy! However you will have to buy these are Police Forces don’t issue them.

The Belt system is great at giving you access to your kit when you need it most because your hands are naturally down by your side making it very easy to get in an instant. However as the kit is on show it could also be grabbed by suspects when they get too close and there is a possibility they could remove kit from your belt.

Police Vests are slightly more complicated when it comes to choosing the right one, because they are not interchangeable. When your looking for a Vest they come in left and right handed options, depending on which is your stronger side (for officer safety reasons) and come with a variety of different pouches. So you need to remember to chose your correct side and how many pouches your require to carry your kit efficiently.


As the Police Vest hides all your kit away it makes it slightly more difficult to get access to it in your moment of need. Usually the vests need unbuttoning and then you need to place your hand into the vest pouch to retrieve the item! When a suspect it trying to attack you or someone else, vital seconds count so this could be costly.

When it comes to safety though the vest kit it good, your kit it close up against your body and if someone wanted to take your police kit they would have a lot harder time than if you were wearing the belt system.

So whatever your choice there are pros and cons to both. It comes down to your own personal choice and I don’t think thegre is anyone who could tell you either way which is definitively the better option. Remember there are plenty of online stores and discounts available for Vest and Belt systems – you just need to look for the best deal.