ScotteVest recently released a new jacket to their extensive lineup of clothing. This jacket is called the Enforcer and was designed with the law enforcement officer in mind.
The Enforcer has a total of 30 pockets, which can accommodate up to a 13 inch MacBookPro as well as full size handguns. The external left side pocket has a simple holster that will accommodate most guns without printing. There are also elastic magazine carriers just above the holster.
Of course the Enforcer has all of the standard pocket types for carrying your cellphone, tablet, pen pockets as well as lined anti-scratch pockets for sunglasses, your favorite music player with clear plastic cover so you can use the player without removing it from the pocket. The list goes on and on.
Besides the usual design features the company hired a number of chiropractors to help design the shoulders of the jacket to better distribute weight and cause less shoulder fatigue to the wearer.
Rather than describe all of the pockets I’ve included a video done by ScotteVest as well as a number of photos of the features and pockets with explanations for their use. Before starting with the video and photos I loaned the jacket to local officers for their feedback.
Since this jacket was designed for police officers I dropped by our local PD and asked a friend to wear the jacket on duty and really use it to carry the usual tools of the trade. I wanted to see how practical the Enforcer would be for patrol use.
When I went to the PD on Monday after a weekend of use I asked the two officers to give me their impressions and let me know how they used the jacket.
The first officer really got into the idea of moving as much off his duty belt and into the jacket as he felt appropriate. He carried a backup pistol in the left front pocket along with three extra mags. In the right front pocket went the Taser. He also placed his portable radio in an inside pocket and ran his earpiece through the jacket and out near the collar. One of the first comments he made was this took a lot of weight off his belt and made it easier to carry his essential gear.
For those that don’t know an officer carries so much gear on the duty belt these days it can and does cause back problems. When sitting in a patrol car for 8 to 12 hour shifts having handcuffs/pepper spray or other gear pushing into your back can get old in a hurry.
The second officer was a bit more conservative in his use. He chose to carry his backup revolver and two speedloaders in the left front pocket. In the right front pocket he carried his citation book. Each officer has a PD issued cell phone as well as their own so he used both of the clear plastic pockets for his cell phones. These can be operated without removing them from the pocket. The user can see and manipulate the controls through the plastic. He also chose to carry his wallet in the RFID shielded interior pocket.
Both officers really liked the jacket and had never seen anything like it before. The first officer was especially impressed with how water repellent the jacket was. In his case he worked an accident and was out in a heavy rain for over half an hour and didn’t get soaked! When the second officer worked it had warmed up a bit so he unzipped and removed the sleeves making it a vest.Both officers seemed impressed. Of course police tend to be gear nuts so they both wanted to have one of the Enforcer jackets.
One thing that’s a real pet peeve of mine is CCW gear with the product name stitched or printed on it in nice big letters so everyone knows you are probably carrying. ScotteVest realized this and chose not to have any logos etc. on the outside of the jacket. Congrats to them for doing this and leaving off the advertising!
Of course I wore the Enforcer for a few weeks and carried my 1911 and extra mags as well as my cell phone on a daily basis. This jacket is ideal for spring and fall wear. The jacket itself is a medium weight. I also had an appointment and decided to take my tablet along and do some work while I waited. There’s plenty of space to carry a full size notebook but the tablet was enough for what I wanted to do. It was perfectly comfortable and you couldn’t tell I was carrying a full size 1911 extra mags a cell phone and tablet. It takes a little planning to even out the weight but it’s really not difficult.
To sum things up I really like this jacket. It has plenty of pockets if needed and they are well thought out and executed. Because of the number of layers the jacket has to be handmade. There’s not a machine that can handle this many layers and get it right. It really does shed the rain well and keeps you warm in the process. No matter if you’re an officer or just someone who has a good amount of gear and a daily carry gun this is a nice well made jacket that should take care of your needs. It also just looks good!
Encompassing features from SeV custom designs for elite forces and our popular Alpha Jacket (the epitome of style for espionage fans), the Enforcer is designed specifically for law enforcement, military and security personnel. The exterior is made of a durable and stylish softshell fabric. The water-resistant, cotton/nylon blend maintains a sleek appearance without unsightly bulges from pocket contents, which won’t print. Its 30 pockets hold all the gadgets and devices you need to stay plugged in wherever you go. The Enforcer jacket is engineered to allow safe and discreet carrying of a concealed weapon, plus all the lifestyle and tech items you expect a SCOTTeVEST to hold, all without adding bulk to your profile! The Enforcer includes pockets for your glasses, iPad®, passport, wallet, travel documents, phone, and much more. The four interior middle slash pockets are perfect for holding a gun, blade, or both. The pockets also include sub pockets for extra magazines. However and whatever you carry, the Enforcer from SCOTTeVEST will securely and comfortably manage the load while keeping you looking great! Wear it with the Hidden Cargo Pants 2.0 or over the Tec Shirt!
MSRP: $325.00 ScotteVest website