Colonel Mark A. Bruce
Kansas Highway Patrol
Equipping Our Officers
I am committed to
providing the very
best equipment to
The Kansas Highway Patrol has now been in existence for
80 years. Eighty years of tradition have guided and shaped
the professional agency that we are today. While we honor
the traditions, one thing the Patrol prides itself on is how
we equip our officers.
One of the commitments the lieutenant colonel and I take very seriously is to provide
the very best equipment to our officers. For the past two and a half years, there has always
been some equipment enhancing or acquisition project underway, or at least at some point
of the planning stage. This year is no different, as we work to keep the technology and
equipment we use as current as possible.
For the past nine months, the Patrol has been exploring options and evaluating new
sidearms to replace our duty weapon. The current Glock 21SF was issued in 2009 and is
nearing the end of its lifespan. This spring, a group of 25 KHP officers, from the trooper,
MCI, and Capitol Police ranks spent four days testing several guns. They shot during both
daytime and nighttime hours, and field tested five different weapons. While we continue
to look into what our next step should be, the sidearm is something of utmost importance,
as it relates to officer safety, and we’ll continue to search for what is the best fit for our
Prior to year’s end, all KHP law enforcement officers from the rank of lieutenant
and below will be issued new body armor. This will be Level 3 body armor with a
tactical carrier. It will provide protection from rifle fire, which is not afforded by the
soft body armor currently worn. We are happy to be able to provide our personnel who
are out working every day with a safer alternative, considering all of the situations law
enforcement has been encountering involving high powered rifles.
Most patrol cars will be fitted with push bumpers in the near future. The push
bumpers will help prevent front end damage associated with animal strikes. They also
could potentially minimize the damage associated with employing the use of a tactical
vehicle intervention (TVI) as well.
Our officers were all issued new MDUs this spring. These MDUs run quicker and
are more rugged for the type of work we do. During the issuance of the MDUs, new
docks also had to be installed in patrol cars to accommodate the change in equipment.
I am happy to report that things went very smoothly with this project, even with our IT
department being down several employees.
At any given time in an agency of our size, there are multiple projects underway and
updates ongoing. My commitment is to continually be evaluating howwe can better equip
our personnel, and what equipment will best meet the needs of our diverse agency.
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