April 22, 2008
Senior Officer Brian Carlsen, Williamsburg (VA) PD
By Senior Officer Brian Carlsen
Williamsburg (VA) PD
Many officers think about backup weapons, but how about backup flashlights? Many departments issue a flashlight of some kind. If your department-issued light is rechargeable then it is a good idea to carry a back-up light that is battery operated and vice-versa.
Carry extra batteries and keep a charger at home and work or in the car. Today, flashlights are powerful and small enough that two on the belt is not a big deal. If you can, even keep an extra light in the car. This tip obviously comes out of experience.
Be safe out there.