The Making Of A Modern Police Officer

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VEST: shock-absorbent, bullet-proof Kevlar vest. Contains ceramic plate and can withstand point-blank hit from AK-47

POUCHES: spare ammunition, stun grenades, handcuffs and personal possessions

LEFT POCKET: radio linked to Airwave, the ultra-secure 390MHz military network

BELT: contains more spare rounds, pepper spray, penknife, handcuffs and emergency first-aid kit with dressings,

surgical tape and water

LEG HOLSTER: 9mm Glock 17 Austrian-made pistol, favoured for close-combat operations

SUIT: heavy-duty, fire-resistant boiler suit

FOOTWEAR: hi-tech, all-terrain, ankle-high assault boots