How to buy gloves
The patrol glove is one of the cheapest forms of insurance a patrol officer can purchase. Of the dozens of occupational hazards listed and reported for law enforcement annually, gloves can mitigate a whole laundry list of them. Our recommendation is to purchase quality gloves and wear them all the time.
Law enforcement gloves are really only used for a few purposes, including protection of the hand and body or grip improvement. However, protection encompasses a wide range of duties, like reducing the disease transmission portal, protecting from sharp objects when searching or during cell extraction, protection during bike patrol, and protecting from temperature extremes, friction or vibration.
Gloves for law enforcement are task-specific. Only certain types of law enforcement tasks overlap where a single glove would be appropriate for many tasks. For example, a glove designed for reducing disease transmission might not be effective or durable enough for rappelling or shooting.
When purchasing gloves, be sure to look for features like pre-curved fingers, straps with hook and loop fasteners at the wrist, reinforced wear areas and options for the user to remove the trigger finger material. Also, the seams should not be on the fingertips and the material should not bunch in any of the webbing between the fingers.
Natural skins usually give the best dexterity and generally provide a better fit. Synthetic wear and grip improvement patches are signs of the manufacturer’s attention to detail.
Here are a few more things to keep in mind:
1. The climate in which the glove will be used
It’s important to remember that glove protection can be purchased year-round. Although insulated glove demand surges in the winter, the demand for cut resistant gloves, puncture resistant gloves and various tactical gloves are strong year-round. Officers in the hottest climates may purchase gloves to keep from burning their hands on hot surfaces in the summer heat, for example.
2. The duty habits and assignments of the officer
3. Fit is more important than features
Gloves that are either too tight or too loose will wear out quickly. Gloves should fit snugly but not tightly. If they slip on easily when first bought, they will probably be too large when broken in. Conversely, even though a main feature of our gloves is a snug close fit, don't try to overdo it.
Do you have any other suggestions for officers purchasing gloves? Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
PoliceOne Special Contributor Lindsey Bertomen, a retired police officer, contributed to this report.
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