Riot Police Gear

Riots are dangerous for innocent people caught near them, for the perpetrators of the riot, and for the police who must break up the riot and restore order.

Riot police gear falls into two general categories: defensive and offensive.

Defensive riot police gear is designed to enable the police officer to disperse the riot with the least possible risk of injury to himself.

Offensive riot police gear is designed to enable the police officer to disperse riots with the least possible injury to the rioters. Civilized societies do not allow governments to simply run rioters over with tanks like the communist Chinese did in Tiananmen Square.

Defensive riot police gear includes:

  • Shields
  • Helmets
  • Gas Masks
  • Riot gloves (gauntlets)
  • Body armor
  • Shin, knee, thigh, groin, elbow, and forearm guards

Offensive riot police gear includes:

  • Batons
  • Tear Gas
  • Water Cannon
  • Non-lethal Munitions (Rubber bullets, plastic bullets, beanbag rounds)
  • Tasers
  • Sjambok (South Africa)
  • Lathi (India)
  • Tonfa

Riot Police Gear Manufacturers

Damascus Protective Gear

Damascus Gloves has been making premium quality hand gear for the men and women of the US Armed Services and other facets of law enforcement since 1955.


Hatch Corporation, founded in 1967, is well known throughout the world as the leading manufacturer of gloves and protective gear for law enforcement, military, corrections and tactical officers.


At RedMan, we thrive on innovation. We partner with law enforcement, corrections personnel and other industry leaders to give us feedback on our gear.


Med-Eng’s vision is to be a world leader in providing advanced engineering solutions to protect people and infrastructure from hazardous threats.

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