A Police / Security Guard duty belt (sometimes referred to as a gun belt, and/or kit belt ) is a belt, typically constructed of Nylon / Polypropylene or leather used by Police and Security Guard to carry equipment easily, in a readily-accessible manner, while leaving the hands free to interact.
Most duty belts have a width of 2-1/4 inches and are either made of / polypropylene or leather. Many Canadian police departments have had officers complain of having back pain due to their supposedly rigid leather belts. In response, many Canadian departments are now switching to nylon /polypropylene belts because they are considered by some to be more flexible.
Duty belts wrap around the officer's waist and fasten with a buckle at the front. This is often protected by a velcro cover to prevent release of the belt by anyone other than the officer.
Equipment commonly carried on the belt includes: handcuff, radios, baton, hand-held protection devices such as pepper spray, firearms and ammunition, flashlights, batteries, gloves, pens, pencils, keys, multi-tool, window punch etc. The equipment carried largely differs from country to country, and between areas in the same country not only because of choice but natural hazards — e.g. pepper spray would freeze in very cold climates. In some countries officers carry a knife