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OCT 2018

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BEYOND THE MOBILE FIELD FORCE 36 POLICE OCTOBER 2018 basis and have already established pro- tection standards, we can adopt the same. And I think this is the wisest option until a new commonly agreed upon standard can be set for the U.S. e current British standard covers the individual o•cer from head to toe. e helmet is of a non-ballistic type that takes high impact blunt trauma from both pointed and blunt objects such as a brick thrown at 40 mph. It should also have the ability to shed burning gasoline and protect the full face against threats from projectiles and •re. A •re-resistant balaclava should be worn under the hel- met in the event of Molotovs being used against the o•cer. is balaclava is not to conceal the identity of the o•cer but in- stead to protect against injury. On the o•cer's main torso, they should wear a Merino long sleeve, long pant base layer. is will help regulate the o•cer's core temperature in extremes of heat and cold. ey will also wear protective limb and groin guards that will protect them from bricks and other projectiles thrown at 40 mph. Over the top of the base layer, the o•cers will wear a burning gasoline shedding over suit. is protects the o•cers and it conceals the presence of the limb protection and armor, so the o•cers do not appear paramilitary. Each o•cer in the team will have the option to wear either covert or overt ballistic body armor. O•cers' feet and ankles should be pro- tected by a public order boot. ese boots will be rated to stop punctures by nails and glass. e top and side of the boots must be rated to protect feet from bricks and other kinetic objects. e whole boot has to be fully •re resistant with the abil- ity to shed burning chemicals. Public order team gloves need to be im- pact-, slash-, and •re resistant. But they also have to give the o•cers enough dex- terity that they can pro•ciently operate •rearms and execute hands-on defensive tactic and subject control skills. For gear, each o•cer should carry a hy- Get a clear view... - Target sizing capability - Depth range of 1,000' (300m) - High resolution image of the sea bottom - Sweep 360 degrees or any part of circle - ROV mounted, pole mount- able and tripod mountable - Scanning sonar software can be learned in minutes - Fast imaging JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. 1953 County Street East Taunton MA 02718 USA (800)822-4744 or (508)822-7330 (PDLOLQIR#MZ¿VKHUVFRP ZZZMZ¿VKHUVFRP simulated drowning victim with JW Fishers SCAN-650 Sonar dration system, communication system, personal Halotron •re extinguisher, side- arm, 24-inch acrylic baton (or equivalent), and according to the SOPs of their agency the rest of their personal protective tools such as a TASER, OC spray, or other tools. Shields are extremely critical for a Lev- el 1 public order team. Each o•cer needs to have access to varying types of Mak- rolon shields. Makrolon is a type of gaso- line shedding high-impact polycarbon- ate. Polycarbonate riot shields come in a 6-foot, 4-foot, and round shield con•gura- tion. ey can protect the o•cers from an enhanced threat from handheld weapons such as axes, baseball bats, machetes, and even samurai swords. Public order team members must be ready to react appropriately to all manner of attacks.

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