Christopher Da CamaraIndustrial Design and Technology BA
Metropolitan Police Hi-Visibility Light Vest
Improving Police uniform and safety
The objective of the Metropolitan Police Hi-Visibility Light Vest project is to allow police officers to wear their existing main stab vest which will have an integrated high-visibility light vest element that can be turned on depending on the situations police officers are dealing with during their shift. Some of the key successes of this project were to increase the visibility of police officers on duty by introducing new technologies and applications that will allow police officers to work in safe conditions when conducting their roles and responsibilities, whilst decreasing the amount of kit that the officer would need to carry around with them whilst on shift. The light vest has also increased the awareness of the people around police officers by decreasing the response time in which an individual engages with the vest and then acts accordingly by slowing down their car on a motorway as an accident has arisen. The final major success of the project was decreasing the response time of police officers in certain situations by not having to first put on extra personal protective equipment but to be already wearing it and have it function straight away. Some of the areas of development during the project were to research into present reflective vests, and these were analysed along with other areas of current kit to find an innovative solution that could be developed, as well as working closely with police officers to help develop a working prototype and commercially conceivable product. A key development was to look at existing areas of opportunity and finding alternative methods of producing first hand light off of police officers' uniform, instead of using third party lighting that reflects off of current uniforms. The Met Vest will produce light solely and will not add more than 0.6 kg of weight to existing police kit, both maximising usability and safety amongst police officers.