Sure, police officers get most of their gear and equipment from their respective police departments, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional items that could enhance what they already have! We are talking about practical gifts for police officers – items that are sturdy, durable, long lasting, and that will make some improvements for their daily round of duties. If you want to make sure you are giving a gift that will be well-used, check out these 10 practical police gifts below.
10 practical gifts for police officers
1. Flat Knurled Handcuff Key
Sweaty or nervous fingers and the standard handcuff key (small and smooth) do not go hand in hand. The last thing an officer wants to do is drop the keys in an unsafe situation. That’s why a key with good gripping, like this flat knurled key, will be gladly used. The key is long and durable, with a flat and ridged center for a solid grip. Good for use on both hand and ankle cuffs, and quality tested for assurance.
2. Hatch Friskmaster Gloves
Police officers’ hands can come into contact with just about anything. Knives, glass, needles, and more will be found during body searches or while looking for evidence at crime scenes. The more chance they have of scratching up their hands, the more they are in need of this pair of cut-resistant leather gloves. They are made with a knit liner that protects from sharp objects, are water resistant, and dependable each and every wear. (Note: some officers gave great reviews including sizing details so make sure to check them out!)
3. Darn Tough Tactical Boot Cushion Sock
If you are looking for well-known duty boot socks for men look no further. Darn Tough socks are great practical gifts for police officers, rated high among men in uniform. Made in the USA, each part of these boot socks are designed for high performance: cushioning where you need it most; elastic support around the arch; reinforced heel and toe; and all-over smooth comfort. They are higher on the price scale but come with a life-time guarantee!
4. Folding Pocket Knife
The more reliable the backup is for a police officer, the better. That’s why this everyday carry (EDC) knife is great for an officer to keep in his glove box or attached with its pocket clip. It’s smaller in size for compact carry (3 inch stainless steel blade), but has a strong drop point blade and easy gripping G10 handle. It’s also easy enough to open and lock with one hand using the thumb stud. (This is another one with detailed reviews to check out!)
5. Thin Blue Line Uniform Pens
While reports are now electronic, police officers still need to jot down a note or two while on duty. Enter a nice looking pair of chrome and gold uniform pens that add aesthetic appeal to the uniform. The gift pack comes with the 2 pens plus a Thin Blue Line themed ring, wristband, lapel pin, and window decal. Black and blue replaceable ink cartridges (Beall’s Bay cartridge size A) can also be bought through Amazon.
6. THE MIC LOOP Micro
A cop’s radio mic can be his lifeline in an emergency. Imagine that lifeline getting lost or tossed aside when it’s needed most. Made in the USA, “by cops, for cops,” is the Mic Loop Micro. It is such a practical gift for police officers that you may wonder why it isn’t already part of their gear. The 2×2 inch patch of velcro attaches to the body armor and a paracord connects to the radio mic to anchor it in place. Reliably and sturdy even during runs.
7. LuminTop Flashlight
Another gift to give as a reliable source of backup, this flashlight may be small but it is power packed. It’s pocket-sized with a military grade surface (water-resistant), aircraft grade body (impact resistant), and ridged center for gripping (slip resistant). It even has a magnetic tail cap for hands-free use. To be used with a 14500 cell for top performance with 800 lumens, just in case their police flashlight (1000 lumens) is out of service.
8. Leupold VX-Freedom Muzzleloader Scope
Precision is also key in the Thin Blue Line of duty. This lightweight muzzleloader scope has a magnification range of 3-9x, with precision click adjustments. It is made from aircraft quality aluminum for a lifetime guarantee no matter the extreme conditions it’s used under. It’s waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof – reliable and durable for any terrain. And made right here in the USA.
9. Dry Cooling Vest
A standard uniform shirt plus body armor makes for a lot of heat and sweat. (Have you seen how wet their shirts are when they change?!) That’s why this dry cooling vest is not only a wonderfully practical gift for police officers, it also benefits those around him. Less sweat = less odor! This vest literally creates space between armor and undershirt for increased airflow and ventilation and reduced heat and moisture. A cooler body is a more comfortable body, plus the polyester-mesh vest helps to evenly distribute the body armor weight, too.
10. Tough Hook Heavy Duty Hanger
Hanging up body armor is not the same as hanging up a tshirt. Police officers need hangers strong enough to hold the strong items protecting them! These heavy duty hangers can hold up to 150lbs of tactical equipment, ballistic vests, body armor, and motorcycle gear. It also doubles as a carrier with a grip handle for easy transport from home to duty station to locker, making it a seemingly simple yet practical gift for police officers. Only one comes per order so buy a few for a set!
What other police officer gifts did we miss?
These are some of the most reliable and durable practical gifts for police officers we could find. In fact, they seem so useful that you could probably go down the list and buy each one for your police officer over the next 10 occasions (or just because)! While practical gifts may not seem as exciting as others, we are sure police officers will appreciate the benefits these gifts give them while on the job.
Here is a recap of our practical gifts for police officers.
- Flat Knurled Handcuff Key
- Hatch Friskmaster Gloves
- Darn Tough Tactical Boot Cushion Sock
- Folding Pocket Knife
- Thin Blue Line Uniform Pens
- THE MIC LOOP Micro
- LuminTop Flashlight
- Leupold VX-Freedom Muzzleloader Scope
- Dry Cooling Vest
- Tough Hook Heavy Duty Hanger