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  1. I'm a final Year engineering student at the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of art and I'm looking to design a product that would hall the police in some way. I'm looking to design a new piece or redesign a new piece of equipment that would help you in some way. If you are a police officer, I would love to hear from you. Tell me which of these problems you think is the biggest and why. Also if you feel there is another issue you think I have missed then I would love to hear from you. Uniform & PPE So this stuff can be very restrictive and burdensome. I've spoken to a number of officers and apparently back pain can become a big issue for some as a result of the stresses of wearing this. It can dig in when sitting and drink as well which can present problems. Getting in and out of cars quickly can be troublesome. The uniform can get pretty hot and sweaty. Deep breathing if you've just been running or something is restricted by the tightness of the body armour too. Ampel Probe For Police Scotland, the officers are meant to use an ampel probe when performing searches. The problem is that no one uses it really because they don't carry it on the belt because it's too big and bulky. Covert Holster Police Scotland are looking to develop this. It doesn't sit well under the clothing and you always have to wear a belt to secure it to. Female officers have complained as they don't always want to wear a belt with the clothing they have and then even when they do it doesn't sit right and can dig into her breasts which can be very uncomfortable. Transporting Criminals Apparently there are a lot of assaults on police officers when trying to move people into or out of a police vehicle. Vans have to be used for those who are aggressive because there is no cage in the back of a police car. Paperwork A lot of time is taken up with paperwork. Rain is a problem if you're outside and you have to be taking notes. Radio's Apparently the battery life of the radios you use are pretty terrible and then there are also sometime connection problems in the cold. If you have any contacts with anyone who deals with police uniform and equipment then I would love to hear about it.