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Uniform Gloves for Duty and Patrol: Picking the Right Fit for You
Uniform Gloves for Duty and Patrol: Picking the Right Fit for You

When it comes to picking the right gloves for your work in uniform as a police officer, it’s important to be aware that there are many options designed for the specific tasks you’ll need to do while wearing them.  Let’s talk about some of the different models and types of patrol and tactical gloves to help you select the one that’s right for you. DUTY GLOVES A duty glove is a general-purpose glove designed around the needs of patrol officers, meant to handle most of what they might expect to encounter out on the street on a routine basis. Common tasks include pat-down or frisk procedures for officer safety, driving, handling various materials, and more – all of which require a positive grip while still maintaining tactile feel so that the officer can tell what they’re touching.  Scenarios in which a heavier-duty law enforcement glove may be called for can also be handled by a duty glove if designed properly, such as discharging a service weapon, or going hands-on with an actively resistant subject.  Common features of a patrol glove, as these are also known, are a durable material construction (usually primarily leather), reinforced stitching, and a shape tailored to match the hand’s usual resting position and range of motion.  Blauer’s police search gloves are also touchscreen-enabled, and some offer special functionality, including the Frisk glove, which is cut resistant to ANSI Level IV, and the Fray glove, which features low-profile knuckle protection. TRAFFIC GLOVES A police traffic glove is a specialized product engineered for safety and visibility while directing traffic in busy roadways.  Construction of these gloves varies, but usually consists of hi vis materials paired with reflective trim which bounces light back to its source to enhance visibility to drivers.  It’s important that drivers be able to see the officer and recognize their hand signals, as being struck by a vehicle accounted for 15 Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) of officers in a recent year.  Thus, a traffic safety glove is a critical piece of gear for anyone out in the path of traffic.  Some reflective gloves are built for higher durability, such as our Storm traffic glove, with leather construction and touchscreen friendly fingertips.  Others, like our Bolt traffic glove, have contrasting colors with hi vis on the back and bright red on the palm combined with reflective trim for enhanced conspicuity.  There are even winter traffic...

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