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