NEW SHIELDS RECEIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM OFFICERS
Redondo Beach Motor Officer Bill Turner is an enthusiast … of motorcycles, public safety and officer safety. His 25 years on the force is a testament to all of the above. In the following story, the 46-year-old officer, who is married with two children, discusses the new shields.
Question: We understand that your agency is the first to use the Rapid Deployable Shields.
Answer: The products we are using on the Africa Twin are so new that we have the first in the field. U.S. Armor will be making them available for production immediately.
Question: What makes them unique?
Answer: They are the first armor products built specifically for LE and for use on motorcycles. However, the products have multiple applications and can be purchased and carried in the trunk of a vehicle to be deployed as needed.
Question: What are your initial thoughts and impressions?
Answer: I love the product. You don’t notice them when you are riding the motorcycle, and any time you can have an extra level of protection (body armor with a 3A rating) that is deployable and can be used in multiple different scenarios/applications, it’s a win-win for all law enforcement and the public.
Question: When riding, you don’t notice any difference?
Answer: Each piece of armor is carried in a separate bag on each side of the bike; therefore, weight is not an issue because they completely balance themselves out. I don’t notice the weight when riding the motorcycle.
Question: How do these impact your service?
Answer: The ultimate goal of the Redondo Beach Police Department (and hopefully all police agencies) is to provide the public a service they cannot live without! This new motorcycle and deployable armor are just two of the many tools that help us do that.