An entirely new line of duty gear from DutySmith starts with
Bob Hindi, veteran officer with Las Vegas Metro Police, enthusiastic product innovator
and inventor of the Hindi Baton Cap™. He didn’t stop his street-wise product
improvements with the baton. In fact, that early success began a lifelong
search for more ergonomic police gear.
His goal has always been gear that actually works under all
kinds of realistic patrol scenarios; gear that takes into account the almost
instantaneous loss of finger dexterity that is a part of every high-stress
encounter. After a decade of research into making more effective police gear, Hindi
pitched his street-oriented gear to DutySmith and the result is Hindi’s second
We carry a lot of life-saving gear on our duty belts, but it
has to be accessed and deployed in order to save those lives. In fact, failure
to quickly and reliably deploy those communications, less-lethal and lethal
devices has indeed cost lives. Ask any firearms instructor. Ask any defensive
Hindi has always been about rapid and effective deployment
of everything we carry on our belts, from cuffs to OC, from TASER to baton,
from the duty gun to spare magazines. Everyone knows that smooth is fast. Hindi
has taken this to the next level: access equals speed—speed equals survival.
The DutySmith StreetForce changes to ordinary duty belt gear
are minor in nature but major in effect. The most dramatic improvement is to
the flap. Instead of a single piece of leather, Kydex® or nylon webbing folded
over the cop gear and snapped in place, the DutySmith flap is two pieces. The
flap itself is hinged—it has a spring-loaded, detent-stopped hinge.
Once unsnapped, the flap swings up and fully open. The
officer does not have to hold it open and out of the way, or even worse, unsnap
the flap in one motion and then open the flap or hold it open in a second or
third motion. Deployment is faster and more reliable, and so is re-holstering.
The flap remains up, making it easier to replace whatever was drawn.
We all know officers who fold the flap open and tuck it
behind the duty belt. Yes, access to the device is faster, but there is a total
loss of security for the device. StreetForce holders bridge that gap between
speed of deployment and total security—spring-loaded, unobstructed access with
snapped flap security.
A more subtle but still street-relevant improvement is the
protective ramp around the snap itself. When cuffs, OC or other gear is drawn
up out of the holder, this ramp prevents the device from catching on the snap
and causing it to be dropped. These snag-free interiors are a big deal…drop
your cuffs just one time when you need them because the cuff caught on the old-style
snap and you understand.
This is less of an issue with flaps secured with Velcro® and
more of an issue with flaps using snaps. At this point, the DutySmith
StreetForce gear will use snaps instead of Velcro since that hook-and-latch
system wears with heavy use. DutySmith wants their spring-loaded flaps to
remain fully closed until the officer wants them open. However, the StreetForce
gear has the subdued, tactical look of a Velcro flap: The large snaps are not
visible from the outside.
The DutySmith gear has other ergonomic improvements to speed
deployment. The sides of the holder are contoured and scalloped to expose more
of the device. Fingers grasp and draw the device instead of finger tips. The
flap itself is wider than the holder, allowing the fingers to more easily grasp
and open the flap.
The StreeForce gear uses large snaps, making the flap more
secure. Large snaps are also easier to re-snap. Also important is the plastic
tab at the front of the flap. These “sure-grip tabs” make it easier to unsnap
the flap because it is a more secure grip point and it provides a larger space
to insert your fingers. The belt loops are also wider, which makes the holder
more stable. This secures the holder from tilting and moving while the fingers
are trying to open the flap.
The core line of the StreetForce Rapid Deployment Gear will
be available in April: OC pepper spray holder in both MK3 and MK4 size;
handcuff case in both single and double cuff; baton holder and, of course,
magazine holder, both single mag and double mag in three sizes each.
At launch, the StreetForce holders will be available in
Plain Black, Black Basket Weave, and Black Nylon. Other colors and finishes,
like High-Gloss Clorino and Brown, will come later. Additional holders will
follow throughout the year, including radio holder, flashlight, gloves and
Using a simple but brilliant idea, StreetForce gear passes
the “actually works on the street, at night, in foul weather, under stress”