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Title: Consistent Evolution in Belt Gear
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:47  Issue:1  Dated:February 2000  Pages:43-45
Author(s): Tony Lesce
Date Published: February 2000
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article considers the evolution in law enforcement duty belts.
Abstract: Until recently, the prevailing view was that traditional materials are best and police uniform gear such as belts, holsters and equipment pouches should be made of leather. However, leather is expensive and requires regular maintenance to preserve its appearance and prevent mildew. Leather also tends to retain moisture, so firearms should not be stored in leather holsters when not in use. Leather surfaces mar easily and leather contains residues of tanning salts, which are corrosive and harmful to the blue finish on many handguns. By contrast, nylon and other synthetic materials are more rugged than leather, do not retain moisture and do not require saddle soap and polishing to retain their appearance. Synthetic materials are also lighter, an important consideration for today’s police officer, who is likely to be burdened with more gear than officers of earlier times. While some individuals still prefer leather for some of their gear and organizations may use leather for dress or ceremonial equipment, synthetics are increasingly popular because they provide good value and service.
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Cost analysis; Equipment and technology; Equipment maintenance and storage; Operating costs; Police equipment; Police expenditures; Science and Technology; Technical evolution; Uniform clothing
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