View Full Version : "Do you wear gloves when on patrol"?

June 22, 2001, 12:28 AM
If so, what type do you wear?

For the last couple of years or so, I have worn Hatch Neoprene gloves when on patrol.

You NEVER know when you have to touch a "dirt bag." :eek:

I was wondering if there was anything new on the market for LEO's, etc.

Thanks for your opinions.

June 22, 2001, 05:56 AM
I carry two sets of gloves but I don't actually wear them unless the situation dictates.

I carry surgical gloves in a pouch on my duty rig and a pair of Spectra lined Hatch leather gloves in my back pocket.


Rainbow Six
June 22, 2001, 07:06 AM
My dept issues Hatch Spectra lined leather gloves but I only wear them when searching someone or something. :)


Long Path
June 22, 2001, 10:46 AM

Gloves are for protection.

Sometimes gloves are to protect the hands from bodily fluids. If I'm handling a bleeding victim, I put on rubber gloves.

Sometimes gloves are to protect the hands from bruising when hitting someone. I don't hit people. 99% of the people I deal with are decent citizens. 99% of the remainder, I can talk into handcuffs. of the remaining 0.01%, I can usually do better without gloves than with. I certainly shoot better without.

Being in Texas, there is only a very short time each winter when gloves are nice to keep out the cold. I will wear them then, outdoors.

I believe the public has a certain stigma about cops wearing black gloves that look like they're going to hit someone with.

Body armor, I wear concealed. The gun is worn openly as part of the symbol of the office.

The epidermis is incredibly resilient to all manner of pathogens. Even the rubber gloves are probably superfluous.


June 22, 2001, 04:01 PM
Nope! I carry latex gloves.

June 23, 2001, 01:17 AM
A box of blue nitrile EMT gloves in the trunk, and a pair of Hatch 'Aqua-Blockers' in the door pocket.


June 23, 2001, 12:10 PM
Hatch Aqua-Blockers?

I never heard of them.

Are they in the current Hatch catalog?

Do they protect against "blood borne pathogens"?:barf:

Thanks for your opinions.

June 23, 2001, 12:18 PM

Click on 'fluid protection' on the left hand side of your screen.

Hmm. Now they're 'Guardians'. Oh, well.

They do provide protection against blood-borne diseases, and they're thin enough to shoot with.


Joe Demko
June 23, 2001, 03:40 PM
I will wear surgical gloves if giving 1st aid to a bleeder. I will wear white or blaze orange cloth gloves for traffic direction.
Routinely wearing black leather gloves, especially "racing " syle gloves that I have seen some officers and deputies wear, is needlessly antagonistic to the public at large. Along with such fashion accessories as mirrored sunglasses (regular polarized sunglasses are as good or better) it creates a "hotdog" image in the minds of too many people. There is no reason to be needlessly antagonistic.

Rainbow Six
June 24, 2001, 02:08 AM
The epidermis is incredibly resilient to all manner of pathogens.

Yeah, but there's just something I don't like about searching an arrested drunk that has urinated on him/herself that makes me want something over my epidermis! :D


June 24, 2001, 03:27 AM
when there is a chance i will be touching someone i put my gloves on , ithinh they are lightwieght hatch neoprene, but they are almost worn out i have to get new gloves in the near future.

June 24, 2001, 04:40 AM
I have neoprene gloves that I wear only when it is cold. I have noticed within the last year or two that my fingers stop working well when they get cold (I'm in my mid thirties and I'm already falling apart). I try to remember to put rubber gloves on when searching people that are, uh, not good at keeping bodily fluids to themselves.

June 24, 2001, 04:33 PM
Cops that wear black gloves with short sleeves look like thugs. Sometimes that's a good thing, but for the most part I agree with long path. When I want to look like a thug, I'll just pull out my sap :). When I need protection from blood/scum, I'll pull on my latex gloves.

4V50 Gary
June 24, 2001, 05:12 PM
First time you pat search someone and their pants aren't wet because of the rain, you learn to wear gloves.

June 24, 2001, 08:14 PM
I carry BOTH rubber gloves and my Hatch gloves while on patrol, to use as needed.

Thanks for your opinions.

June 25, 2001, 01:32 AM
I have a couple sets of gloves for work. I always carry two sets of latex gloves in a pouch, my kevlar search gloves, and a set of flight gloves, the nomex ones, for operations. I have found that the Hatches are too thick for a good grip and weapon presentation.
Soon to be replaced by the neoprene ones.

Long Path
June 25, 2001, 10:44 AM
Wow! Fed168, that's a lot of your gloves!

Disclosure: perhaps I would wear gloves more if it was easier to find gloves that fit me.

For example, for this pic, I just put my hand on the scanner, and laid my Kimber Classic Stainless on top of that hand.

These hands are toooo big to wear gloves "just 'cuz!" ;)


June 25, 2001, 11:53 AM
Long Path, I carry the kevlar and the nomex ones in the car, and use them when necessary. The only ones that are constantly on my side are the latex, seems I always need them for handling evidence, narcotics, what have you.
Having shot for so long without them, it feels weird to use thick gloves to shoot. I have gotten around that a bit by cutting a hole in the trigger finger of the nomex pair, and this works out.

Herr Walther
June 25, 2001, 12:49 PM
I used to wear the Hatch Neoprene but they're just too damn hot in all but really cold temps.

I have a little pouch on the back of my bat belt with surgical gloves.
Never had to use them though.

In the winter time I had found that I like the Nomex flight gloves
best with the gauntlets cuffed. They had a very good tactile feel.

June 25, 2001, 01:52 PM
I used to wear those Hatch for a brief period (winter), but they do not breath...my hands would sweat too much. I think they are a great idea if you are going to search a suspect, his gym bag, etc. Just remember, do not be lulled into a false sense of security with these - that's the day your find a syringe stuck in your skin, inparting God-knows-what into your bloodstream.

June 26, 2001, 12:21 PM
Long Path, with hands like that you should be toting a basketball in the NBA, not carrying a gun and giving tickets.

[fixed spelling]

Long Path
June 26, 2001, 01:55 PM
Yeah, I know, but I suck at any game that involves a ball.

I guess I should've mentioned: that's a full-sized Government Model resting on the back of my hand!

If I showed the back of my hand, I suppose you could've seen the callouses on the knuckles from where they drag the ground... :p