In the upcoming December/January 2015 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Richard Johnson has rounded up some of the best tactical gloves for today’s law enforcement officers.
Johnson writes, “Often undervalued by desk jockeys counting beans at the department HQ, a good pair of gloves can be a street cop’s best friend. Quality gloves can protect law enforcement patrol and SWAT officers from abrasions, cuts, needle sticks and bites. Gloves are a kind of body armor for the hands.
“Like any other tool, there is not a single pair of gloves that is perfect for every occasion. Many cops have a general-use pair, another pair for winter duty and a third for high-risk searches. Officers on a SWAT team will frequently have special needs such as fire resistance. Here is a look at some of the best choices in tactical gloves on the market today.
“Many departments provide officers with touch- screen computers and tablets for essential job functions. The 5.11 Screen Ops Patrol Gloves work with touchscreens but also provide officers with ‘second skin’ when patting down suspects. Soft and snug, officers can readily manipulate firearms while wearing these gloves.
“When dealing with the dangers of razor blades, broken glass and other cutting hazards associated with pat-downs and drug searches, the BlackHawk CRG2 Cut-Resistant Patrol Gloves can provide a layer of protection.
“The Tactician Tactile Gloves from Condor Outdoor Products com- bines a goatskin leather palm with TouchTec nanotechnology to give an officer good protection and ample dexterity with the ability to use touchscreen tools. Available in black, tan and MultiCam.
“The Patrol Guard gloves from Damascus Protective Gear feature synthetic leather palms and the company’s Razornet Ultra liner to protect the officer’s hands. The Razornet Ultra liner is very resistant to cuts and has an anti-microbial treatment to help prevent the gloves from picking up an odor after months of use.”