When it comes to running a police department or sheriff’s office, there are several necessities for a smooth operating agency – including an organized and fully-stocked police supply. For a police officer to do their job effectively, they need the necessary equipment. It is the responsibility of a law enforcement agency to provide the proper tools and items for a police officer to perform their job. As a law enforcement agency, it’s crucial to have a well-stocked, organized, and maintained police supply.
What does a police supply consist of?
For a law enforcement agency, tools and equipment are kept on-hand in the department for the use of officers. These supplies are stored, organized, and issued to individual officers.
For a well-prepared and well-armed police officer, several items are crucial. Law enforcement officers carry several items on their persons, including:
- Protection items (Taser, pepper spray, bulletproof vest)
Aside from the bulletproof vest, most of the items are kept on an officer’s duty belt. Typically weighing up to 10 pounds, these duty belts keep everything an officer needs most close by. On an officer’s duty belt, one would also find:
- Magazine pouch (for extra ammunition magazines.)
Without these necessary items available, and in close proximity, an officer would not be able to do their job effectively or safely.
But you can only carry so much on your hips and in your pockets! Police officers often keep supplies and equipment in their vehicles, like:
- First aid kit
- Traffic vests
- Ticket books
- Drug test kits
- Road flares
- Evidence bags
These tools, supplies, and materials allow a police officer to conduct their job whenever and wherever it’s needed. While not all of these necessities can be found at a police supply store.
Depending on the size of an agency, the cost of a well-stocked police supply can be expensive. However, the difference between an inadequate police supply versus a fully stocked police supply could be life and death.
Throughout the years, the challenges and needs of police officers and law enforcement agencies have changed. Tasers were introduced in the last couple of decades and have become a staple on the duty belt of more than most police officers. Most recently, police departments and sheriff’s offices are transitioning to the use of body cameras on their officers and dashboard cameras in police cars. This is an example of how the needs and necessities of an agency’s police supply can change over the years.
When was the last time that you took a look and reassessed the status of your police supply? If your firearm and equipment inventory is still stuck in the 1990’s – it may be time for an upgrade!
INTELLEO has the ability to supply your law enforcement agency with all of the police supply necessities, including firearms, handcuffs, boots, duty belts, and even body cameras. Our company is a law enforcement distributor of Glock, Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Surefire, Kahr Arms, Kel-Tec, and more.
With INTELLEO, your law enforcement agency can have a streamlined supply and armory program. INTELLEO’s software suite, LEOCHAMP, offers a range and armory management system that manages, tracks, and accounts for department-owned firearms, as well as approved off-duty weapons.