Matt Durbin

Matt Durbin

Industrial Design and Technology BA

Arc Public Order Helmet

A new approach to public order policing

Public order policing is a challenging situation for any officer to deal with. It carries a high level risk of injury due to the uncertain nature of crowds. Today's police officers' responsibilities have changed over time and they are now more accountable to the public for their actions. However, the current public order helmet does not seem to have kept pace with the changed responsibilities and accountabilities. The Arc public order helmet proposes a new approach to public order policing. Depending on the severity of the public order situation, the Arc modular system allows the officers to adapt to the scenario they find themselves in. The versatile mechanism allows the officer to attach or remove the visor from the helmet and has various safety features to keep the visor securely attached. This system not only reduces the visual impact of the helmet, it improves the situational awareness of the officer in a variety of scenarios.