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Tactical tools in 2013: Personal ballistic shields; 20 'must-have' items | Feb. 26, 2013

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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

tactical spotlight
Personal ballistic shields: Why you need them
Effective ballistic shields come in a variety of sizes in both soft and hard armor systems. They've become an increasingly-desirable piece of tactical equipment for patrol. Choosing the right one
policeone roundtable
Experts speak: Tactical tools for cops
Officers and agencies have to be selective about the purchase of equipment for patrol. We recently connected with a group of industry experts to get their opinions on how cops should be gearing up. The must-haves
Policeone exclusive
How to 'medic up' a TEMS cop
The TEMS operator will need to gear up with the same tactical gear as his comrades, as well as a comprehensive list of tactical medical gear. The basics
facebook forum
20 'must-have' tactical products
When we asked our Facebook fans which single piece of tactical gear they would add to their police-issued equipment, regardless of cost, we got some great responses, both serious and far-fetched. "I want Chuck Norris"
video tip
Using tactical flashlights
In the same way that the evolution from wheel guns to semi-automatics changed tactics, the evolution of the police flashlight has necessitated updated training. Watch the video
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