Must Have Equipment for State Troopers

If you choose a career in law enforcement there are going to be gadgets that are issued by the agency; however, in order to be completely prepared for anything on the job, you’ll probably need to get some equipment on your own. This list is a collection of gadgets and other useful tools that your agency might not issue, but they are good to have on hand when the situation calls for it.

Tourniquet and First Aid Kit

In a life and death situation, a tourniquet could make all the difference in the world. If your agency does not issue tourniquets, make sure you know how to properly use it and practice regularly. At some point in your career as a law enforcement official, you may have to use the tourniquet and it’s better to not hesitate when putting one on. First aid kits are another necessary tool that will come in handy when minor injuries happen.

Disposable Pens

Your career in law enforcement will take you away from the standard desk because you’re out on the streets and in a car a lot of the time. Pens get lost, misplaced, run out of ink and get taken on a daily basis so it’s better to have a big box of pens than just a couple. You’ll need to take notes and have a pen easily accessible, so it’s great to have a plethora of pens at your disposal.

External Charger

You should always have your phone as charged as possible, so you should have a way to charge it when the battery gets low. Invest in an external charger or car charger so that you can plug it in if necessary.

Organizer bag

Your job requires you to think on your feet and be able to work at lightning speed pace when situations call for it. All of your tools and equipment should be organized and easy to reach in an organized bag or container so you never have to search for a specific tool.

Window Puncher and Seat Belt Cutter

These are relatively inexpensive tools and should be carried with you during your shift. You never know when either of these will come in handy, but they will probably prove to be useful at some point in your career.

If you’re starting out your career in law enforcement, it may take some time until you know exactly what you’ll need on a day to day basis. Seasoned law enforcement agents curate the items they carry with them, adding and subtracting equipment as needed. Ask other officers what items they bring with them that aren’t issued to get a better sense of what is needed on a day to day basis.

Originally published at on April 13, 2017.