Equipment carriage in the police force

The Institute has carried out  investigations of the difficulties that police officers have with the items of equipment that are carried, on either their Utility Belt (UB) or Body Armour (BA). Additionally particular concern associated with equipment carriage worn on either BA or UB and driving have been  assessed.

An ergonomics approach to equipment carriage problems was adopted that included a survey of the relevant literature, extensive officer interviews and the development of usability criteria. The analysis of the data identified a number of primary usability issues. 

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