Almost everything police officers do involves their hands and gloves. Driving the car, writing reports, picking things up, and putting them down are all part of the normal daily routine for a police officer. Broken glass, infected needles, knives, guns and just about any other kind of nasty you can imagine are frequently handled by police officers.
Given the hazards that confront police officers everyday it is not surprising that gloves have become a primary self-defense item. Can you imagine your shock if you were a police officer checking a suspect for a weapon and you discover a hypodermic needle the hard way? It sticks you in the hand. You don't know what was in it, but it is in you now. Clearly not any old gloves are going to work to keep police officer's hands safe and sound.
Historically, leather gloves have been a policeman's best friends when it comes to hand protection. Nothing beats them for comfort, grip, flexibility, and general wear and tear. In some situations police have switched to neoprene gloves. But, for the most part, the best technology for the outer shell of a policeman's gloves is still leather. However, leather offers almost no cut and puncture protection. Almost any needle or sharp object is going to go right through it and into your hand. The same can be said for disease and infection protection. Leather is not a very good health protection barrier.
The most common gloves used as a health protection barrier in the medical field are Latex gloves. But Latex gloves are extremely fragile when it comes to any wear and tear type situation. They would provide no protection in environments filled with broken glass, needles or other sharp objects. Have you ever tried to pick up something slippery with a Latex glove?
Forget it. No grip at all. Plus, if you have ever worn Latex gloves for any length of time you know how uncomfortable they are. So Latex is definitely out as a primary, day to day police protection glove.
What most policemen do today is combine a plain leather outer glove with a high tech cut and puncture resistant liner. Glove liners are where police gloves have gone very high tech in the last few years. Several companies have come up with incredibly cut resistant liners to protect police officer's hands.
The most basic cut and puncture resistant glove liner is made of Kevlar. The same material used to make bullet prove vests and body armor for the military. It offers good hand protection and is inexpensive. It is 4 times more resistant to cuts than leather gloves alone. However, it isn't the best glove liner material out there today.
Spectra is the next step up from Kevlar. It is made from polyethylene and is considered to be one of the strongest materials ever made. Eight to 10 times tougher than steel, and twice as cut resistant as Kevlar.
The best-cut and puncture resistant glove liner available is called Razornet. It is a special proprietary fabric made from fiberglass, polyester and Spectra. Razornet has 4 times the cut resistance of Spectra. This performance, however, comes at a price.