Dear PoliceOne Member,
The universe of tactical products is massive and constantly changing. Tools which were once the exclusive domain of specialized teams are now commonplace in squad cars across the country.
Through the increasing use of body armor, ballistic shields, flashlights, hydration systems, specially-made apparel, and myriad other items, officers lives are being saved every day. These products are not merely tactical because of a label — they’re tactical by virtue of their practical application in the field.
In this special section, we examine what really qualifies in the category of must-have tactical tools for cops, delve deeply into what TEMS officers need to gear up, take a closer look at personal ballistic shields, and discuss training to use flashlights safely.
— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief