Duty Belt Contest
Law Officer has narrowed down all the contest submissions to the following four duty belt layouts. Now, we'd like you to select the final winner!
How to Vote
Please review each duty belt layout and description before you cast your vote on the Law Officer Facebook poll. Visit www.facebook.com/lawofficer?sk=questions and select the first link, the duty belt contest poll question. Please don't post your vote as a comment on the Facebook wall.
When to Vote
Poll question will be posted on the Law Officer Facebook page on Thursday, March 29th (noon PST). Duty belt layout with the most votes by Friday, March 30th (noon PST), wins and will be displayed in print and online! Note: You can only vote once!
Law Officer would like to thank everyone who participated and submitted their duty belt. If your submission isn't seen here, you weren't selected for the final round. But don't be discouraged, we'll continue to have monthly contests!
Duty Belt Layout # 1
For more than a decade now, I have shared the tactical secrets of The Hindi Duty Belt S.A.F.E.T.Y. System with law enforcements most distinguished and highly respected trainers and litigation experts from around the world and there has been remarkable agreement that the safety and survival concepts this deployment system provides are not only reasonable but ground breaking and most importantly combat proven. This systems foundation claim is unparalleled accessibility. The titles principle acronym S.A.F.E.T.Y. is imbedded into the title itself- Safer Accessibility and Faster more Effective Tactics for You.
Below is list of evidence as to the enormous research and evidence gone into this project.
1) 12 years of tested and proven research and documentation
2) Witnessed, trained and accepted by millions of officers worldwide
3) Provides duty belt wearing officers with the fastest, most efficient and effective means to access all immediate life-saving equipment i.e Handgun, Magazines, Baton, Taser, OO, Cuffs, Radio and Microphone--with either hand.
4) Hundreds of documented evaluations and life-saving testimonials from street cops
5) Highly endorsed and recommended by todays most respected police trainers and department administrators and experts in the field of police defensive tactics and use-of- force i.e.
Chuck Remsburg, Ed Nowicky, Dave Grossi, Bob Willis, Tony Blauer, Massad Ayoob, Hanns Marrera etc.
6) Highly endorsed by other police related specialists in ground fighting, martial arts, military, special OP's from both here and abroad
7) Medical professionals have evaluated, documented and endorsed it as being the best from a scientific perspective in the fields of:
- Vestibular Balance- while in motion- specialist
- Chiropractic care issues - limiting /eliminating long/short term injuries related to duty belt wear and proper distribution of equipment weight
- Orthopedic surgeon at the center of disease control surgery of the spine specialist- nerve, speed and reaction issues
- Time/ Reaction study specialists- witnessed and documented tests of speed and efficiency
- Attorney's at Law - backed and supported and endorsed to reduce the potential for injuries, death, department litigation and excessive force issues
More documented information is available if needed and most may be obtained or seen from my website: WWW. firstname.lastname@example.org. All information is also available on my DVD and/or, my Newly released Book, The Hindi Duty Belt Safety System- Survival Training Guide. Submitted by Bob Hindi
Duty Belt Layout # 2
Bianchi duty belt from left to right: 1. Blackhawk bts triple mag pouch with a spare cuff key stowed on it and spare pocket knife as well. 2. Surefire e2dl defender flashlight clipped on the mag pouch. 3. Center mass inc. rifle mag pouch with Surefire flashlight holster attached. 4. Bianchi flashlight holder for my Streamlight stinger ds. 5. Bianchi cuff pouch. 6. Dual flashlight ring. 7. Bianchi cuff pouch. 8. Bianchi flashlight holder for my streamlight strion. 9. Blackhawk triple-retention light-bearing holster (modified to fit my glock 35). 10. key ring. 11. Bianchi OC holster.
I work night shift, so I have accomodations for lights (3 lights plus my weapon-mounted light). I also have a sling attachment to secure my patrol rifle attached to the Surefire flashlight holster from urban ert. Some people have accused me of having too much "junk" but I work for a sheriff's office and two municipalities. With that being said, I have tried to accomodate my needs for what I may encounter in the field. A wise instructor once told me "if it looks good and it makes sense, do it". My belt obviously has several items on it, but it doesn't look gawdy and it's tactically sound. If involved in a shooting, I have 3 spare pistol mags at my disposal. If I can get to a patrol rifle, I know I have at least one spare mag on my person. My only change would be the addition of a Taser but two out of three agencies don't carry Tasers so it's not been incorporated yet. My belt has been the same now for about two years, so it has seen the best and worst of situations in the field without being modified. It works for me! Submitted by Daniel Wigginton
Duty Belt Layout # 3
The goal of my duty gear setup is to prevent back injuries and be as ambidextrous as possible should one hand/arm be disabled. Besides two belt keepers, nothing resides on the back of the duty belt to create pressure on the back while sitting or falling. Equipment placement also goes beyond just what's on the duty belt.
From left to right: Keeper, duty weapon in a Safariland 6360 ALS holster, keeper, single-cuff case, OC spray, folding knife, combo double magazine/single cuff holder, expandable baton, keeper, Taser, radio, and flashlight ring, and keeper.
I'm able to access any of the tools on the belt with either hand. Multiple force options can be easily deployed at the same time, such as the firearm along with the baton. The holster has a unique auto-locking feature. Once the gun is placed in the holster, there's a level of automatic retention. This speeds transitioning to another force level. Instead of using a double-cuff pouch, I chose to have cuffs at two different locations in case I am in an awkward cuffing position. Magazines are vertical instead of horizontal to allow for easier access while prone. The folding knife has a built-in glass breaker and is clipped to the side of the combo mag/cuff holder. For the Taser, I chose a straight draw with the non-gun had to prevent any mix up. The baton is equipped with a combo retention cap and glass breaker. While many officers route the radio mic cable behind and attach it to an epaulet, I feel it is safer to have the cable and mic on the front. It's harder for someone to grab the mic cable and use it as a strangulation device. I also don't have to reach all the way to the shoulder to key the mic then turn my head to talk. Thus, my hands remain closer to the force options. Submitted by Ken Fong
Duty Belt Layout # 4
From right to left: 1. Double mag pouch horizontally inward for easy grab when either standing or prone. 2. Tac cuff key across the top of my mag pouch for easy access. 3. Glock 22 in a Safariland level 2 holster. 4. OC spray for easy access. If I have my hand on my gun but force level drops, I can easily move to OC in seconds. 5. My chain cuffs are in middle for easy access with each hand, just in case primary hand is tied up. 6. Tac light follows so that I can draw my weapon and reach for my light all in one simultaneous motion. 7. Radio is on my left hip so that I use my left hand to adjust volume and turn channels. This is so I'm not fussing with the controls with my strong hand and have that hand ready to draw. 8. Taser on a drop with two extra cartridges. This is so it's easier for me to cross draw or draw left handed, and it also leaves me more room on my actual belt. 9. ASP 21 baton right above on a swivel holster that's cocked one click forward so that I can cross draw and expand or pull out with my left hand for self defense. 10. Finally, my second pair of cuffs are hinged right in front in case I can't get to the ones in the back. These are easily reachable no matter what.
That's my duty belt placement. After looking at different techniques and at other officers, this way seems to be the best for me because everything is right where I can draw at a moments notice. Submitted by Ryan Berg