SEA GIRT— The Sea Girt Police Department has added new safety vests to its uniforms, the department announced on social media.
The new vests have been worn by department members since early June, Police Chief Kevin Davenport said Wednesday, and will improve the safety and health of officers as they allow more mobility and take the bulk of the weight off an officer’s waist.
The vests will keep the officers well balanced during service and will be less physically burdensome over time than heavy belts around the waist they had previously worn.
“The emphasis on this was on comfort and on practicality,” Chief Davenport said Wednesday. He said the belts take a lot of the weight off the officer’s backs and move weight to the torso, distributing the weight of the equipment more easily.
“We are doing this to prevent lower back and hip issues that could lead to disability and other health issues,” according to the announcement.
Practicality was a concern as well, as officers can now easily remove the weight from their backs when going between patrol work and office work, and will accelerate response time to calls.
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